Poached Egg over Herb Parmesan “Polenta” with Crispy Bacon Crumbles

For weeks I’ve been ogling polenta recipes that come up in my Pinterest feed. Saucy, savory foods like poached eggs and short ribs are piled on top of creamy or cheesy polenta, and each dish looks like a delicious pile of blended flavors and textures that torments my culinary soul. (Yes, I have a separate soul for food. Don’t you?) Torment why, you ask? Alas, my friends, polenta is made of ground corn, and corn is not an option for me.

Poached Egg over Herb Parm Polenta with Crispy Bacon Crumbles

But then I had a brainstorm! Replace cornmeal polenta with creamy wheat cereal! Same texture, similar flavor, but completely legal for me. Score!

My brain storm turned into a brain hurricane as I mentally added herbs, bacon, and a poached egg to my faux polenta dish. It became a tantalizing idea in my imagination that I just couldn’t wait to try.

Poached Egg over Herb Parm Polenta with Crispy Bacon Crumbles via StrictlyDelicious

And it met my every heart desire for a breakfast dish. This beautiful dish might look complex with its long list of instructions, but it’s actually quite easy. A few simple ingredients are cooked separately and then brought together for the glorious blend of flavors and textures we spoke of earlier. And then the dish is bathed in nature’s best sauce- the runny yolk of a fresh egg. Mmm!!!

Poached Egg over Herb Parm Polenta with Crispy Bacon Crumbles via StrictlyDelicious

Poached Egg over Herb Parm Polenta with Crispy Bacon Crumbles via StrictlyDelicious

Poached Egg over Herb Parmesan “Polenta” with Crispy Bacon Crumbles

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1 serving


  • 2 1/2 c. water
  • 1 farm egg (or freshest quality egg you can get)
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/4 c. hot wheat cereal
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 c. shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 3-4 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 pieces thick-cut bacon


  1. Slice the bacon strips into pieces a little less than half of an inch wide.
  2. Heat a medium sized skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. When hot, add the bacon pieces to the skillet. Stir to turn the pieces occasionally.
  3. While the bacon is cooking, mince the garlic cloves.
  4. When the bacon is crispy and deep red, remove all pieces to a doubled over paper towel. Turn the burner down to medium-low.
  5. Pour off the bacon oil into a jar or mug and reserve for cooking in another recipe. Leave about 1 tsp. of bacon oil in the pan.
  6. Add the minced garlic and fresh thyme to the skillet.
  7. Stir consistently until the garlic is toasty brown and the thyme is nice and fragrant. Remove the herbs from the pan and the pan from the burner.
  8. In a medium sized pot, bring the 2 1/2 c. water to a steady simmer.
  9. While the water is heating, gently crack the egg into a ramekin or small bowl without piercing the yolk.
  10. When the water has reached a simmer, stir it vigorously in wide circles with a slotted spoon to create a whirlpool. Carefully dump the egg into the funnel in the center of the whirlpool. Following the motion of the water, any wayward egg white should wrap around itself.
  11. After about 1 minute of cooking, gently slide the slotted spoon under the egg to make sure it is not sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  12. After four additional minutes of cooking, remove the poached egg from the water with your slotted spoon and gently place it on a folded paper towel to drain.
  13. In a separate pot, bring the 1 c. water and hot cereal to a boil. Stir often to keep the cereal smooth.
  14. When it has reached a boil, turn down the heat to medium-low and continue cooking and stirring until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  15. Add the cooked garlic and thyme to the wheat cereal, and stir in the shaved parmesan cheese.
  16. Place the wheat cereal on a plate, carefully top it with the poached egg, and sprinkle the bacon crumbles over the plate. Enjoy!

Poached Egg over Herb Parm Polenta with Crispy Bacon Crumbles via StrictlyDelicious

I’m sharing this post at Fiesta Friday #19!


  1. says

    Looks delicious, Lina… how smart of you to figure out an alternative to corn polenta! Love that poached egg, too. 🙂

  2. says

    Hi Lina! This dish looks and sounds amazing, and I’ve never had it with crumbly bacon before. I have to tell you, your photos are blowing me away! I love how bright they are. xx

    • says

      Thanks, Ngan! I’ve been putting A LOT of work into learning photography and photo editing. I really, really appreciate your compliment!

  3. says

    What a gorgeous breakfast dish, Lina!! I love the idea of your faux polenta, and that last photo with the runny egg yolk is killing me – I want some now!!

  4. says

    Your culinary soul – I love that!! This looks like the absolute PERFECT breakfast (or lunch, or dinner!) All the flavors, and that polenta – yum!! The pictures are stunning!!

    • says

      Thanks so much! I’m honored you think so! I love a dish with complementary taste experiences. If they do that and look pretty too, my culinary soul is quite happy! 🙂

  5. says

    What a wonderful recipe, and such stunning pictures.
    I’m so pleased I found your blog – you have some wonderful resources here!
    Happy belated Fiesta Friday.
    Emma 🙂

    • says

      Emma, thanks for your compliments and for stopping by! I do hope you come back! Happy Fiesta weekend!

    • says

      Thanks Mademoiselle Tina! I was looking for a flavor experience, and wanted some delicious fresh flavors. This really hit the spot! I’m so glad you thought the pictures displayed the dish well!

  6. says

    This looks like a perfect meal to me! I love poached eggs and the crispy crumbled bacon takes this dish to a new level 🙂

    • says

      Aren’t poached eggs wonderful! Combined with the textures and flavors in this dish, the egg really shone. Bacon always makes everything better!

    • says

      Fae! Such an honor to have you visit my blog! Isn’t poached egg yolk such a wonderful sauce? It really made this dish feel so luxurious!

  7. says

    Wow, this looks like the kind of breakfast I would like to start my day with! I’m with Prudy, though – I could eat it for lunch and dinner as well! Great recipe and wonderful photographs!

  8. says

    Welcome Welcome Welcome Lina!! Wow!! I’m totally in love with this dish!! You mentioned that this met your hearts desire for a breakfast dish, and I’m telling you I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a late night snack, afternoon snack, a “just because” snack…. all day, any day!!
    It’s the perfect dish to share with all of us on Fiesta Friday…I’m so glad you did, and I know that everyone else will be too!! Thank you so much… have a wonderful weekend <3

    • says

      Prudy, you are suuuuch a gracious host! I feel warm all over with your words. It really is so good, perfect for all day. I contemplated it for dinner last night! (Ended up convincing myself I needed to eat some leftovers…) I’m so happy to bring it to the party, and so thankful for your comment! <3

    • says

      Oh my goodness thank you so much! Your praise is making me blush! Thanks for coming by! Have a wonderful weekend

    • says

      It sure was hearty! And somehow foods that feed my eyes as well as my stomach make me happier longer 😉

  9. says

    Lina! I am just loving your new site! I can imagine you are too! And this dish you brought to FF?! Fantastic!! Makes me soooo hungry!

    • says

      Oh you’ve got me giggling over here. Thank you Lori, thank you so much! I am loving it for sure. It’s much more work, but I love a challenge 🙂 Thanks again, friend!

  10. says

    Such a beautiful presentation, and I just adore polenta. Thank you for bringing this to FF, and have a wonderful weekend. 😀

    • says

      Thank you so much, Kaila! I see that you followed my blog strictlydelicious.wordpress.com; thank you so much! But I actually won’t be posting over there anymore, I’ll just be posting here! So please follow here instead! It’s so wonderful to meet you, and thanks for stopping by! <3


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