Chuck whips up a picture perfect soft boiled egg atop creamy polenta and crisp Serrano ham
Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes
Save Recipe Print
1 hr 15 min
15 min
1 hr
4 servings


For the eggs:
For the soft polenta:


Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F. 

On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, arrange the slices of ham and cover with another piece of parchment paper and another baking tray on top. This technique will ensure the Serrano stays flat while it cooks. Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until crispy. Remove from oven and set aside on paper towel. 

For the polenta: In a heavy saucepan, combine the stock and milk. Add the cilantro and garlic and bring to a boil. Let simmer on medium heat for 2 minutes to flavor the mixture. Remove the cilantro and garlic. Whisk in the cornmeal and cook over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often with a wooden spoon until the grains are soft. Fold in the Asiago cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm and covered. 

For the egg: In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil and drop in the eggs for 6 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon, run under cold water to shock the eggs and reserve. Before serving, rattle them around to crack the shell and peel them. 

In the same saucepan containing boiling water, cook the kale for 1 minute. Drain and reserve in an ice bath. In a saucepan on medium heat melt the butter. Squeeze out the excess liquid from the kale with your hands, chop it in half. Saute the kale with lemon juice for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. 

For Serving: Place a large spoon of polenta on each plate. Top with the kale, a soft boiled egg and garnish with more grated Asiago cheese and 2 slices of Serrano ham. Serve immediately. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water or stock, cover the dish, and reheat in the microwave or over low heat. Whisk well before serving. Grate a dusting of Parmesan or other favored cheese over the top just before serving.

Cook's Note

The polenta can be made ahead and reheated.

Get the Recipe

Rainbow Bundt Cake

No painstaking decorating is required for this whimsical dessert.


Basic Polenta

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Cheesy Polenta

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Creamy Cole Slaw

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Creamy, Garlicky Shrimp Skillet

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Quick Creamy Tomato Soup

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Classic Deviled Eggs

Recipe courtesy of Mary Nolan

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Deviled Eggs

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Latest Stories