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Monday, May 8, 2017

Parmesan Polenta Brunch Bowl with Asparagus and Sausage #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a fun dinner, these brunch bowls are full of flavor.

     Happy Monday everyone! It seems we've survived the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, which is great because we have a whole new reason to be excited. Well, a few reasons if you live in our house. Little dude's birthday is next weekend! We spoiled him last year with his Pirate Party, so now he has pretty high expectations. He's been planning his strawberry train cake since January. (Spoiler alert for those of you who will be joining us!) He's actually been wanting to start making it since then as well, but luckily for everyone who will be in attendance I have convinced him that might not be a great idea.  Of course it's Mother's Day weekend as well, which is always a great occasion to have a nice brunch. I'll be elbow deep in frosting, so luckily I've had a great excuse to make brunch ahead of time to share with you as inspiration.

      I have been looking forward to #BrunchWeek ever since I saw some posts last year. I love brunch food and the idea of everything brunch. There is just something about having a leisurely late morning meal that makes me smile. So I knew I needed to beg and plead to be involved this year. Luckily with a little groveling I was able to do just that. So put on your finest brunch clothes and get your appetite ready. The next six days are going to be amazing!

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     There are a few things that scream brunch to me. Two of the strongest contenders are poached eggs and asparagus. I'm guessing because they both pair so well with hollandaise, which is the epitome of brunch extravagance. With Michigan Asparagus just coming in to season, I wanted to pair eggs and asparagus in a fun new way that still had a touch of the extravagant feel but in a modern and playful way.

     My mind went a million places, but settled quickly on this brunch bowl as soon as I dreamt it up. The creamy Parmesan polenta served as the perfect base to help sop up a runny egg yolk. Plus that nutty Parmesan flavor marries so well with asparagus. I just knew it would be a match made in heaven long before I ever had a chance to give it a try.

     Do you know what? I was right! (I usually am though, just ask my husband!) I happened to have some sausage on hand that was a bacon and sausage hybrid. It was lovely, but if you have Italian sausage, breakfast sausage or crumbled bacon instead, any one of them would be great!  Also, if the idea of poaching an egg gives you nightmares, fry one to your liking. Or buy one of these pans which make it super simple!

     These brunch bowls got rave reviews at our house and will definitely be served at future brunches and brinners!  The best part is it really works for either.  It is fancy enough for a special occasion brunch and hearty enough for dinner! Now check out the recipe and then see what all of the other brunch fare my friends cooked up. There are 40 great ideas to choose from!

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Parmesan Polenta Brunch Bowl with Asparagus and Sausage
  • 1 cup polenta, not instant
  • 4 T butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 pound Michigan Asparagus
  • 1/2 pound sausage (breakfast or Italian)
  • 4 eggs, poached or fried to your liking
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan for serving
For polenta:
In a large saucepan or dutch oven, bring 4 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and then slowly add polenta while whisking. Continue vigorously whisking the polenta for 2 minutes as it starts to thicken. Drop the heat to low and stir every ten minutes for 50 minutes, adding more water or a little milk as necessary. When polenta is soft and thick, stir in butter and milk. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside.
For asparagus and sausage:
Cut or break asparagus into small pieces, about 1-2 inches long.
In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Saute until just tender-crisp and then remove from pan. Add the sausage and brown until cooked through.
To assemble:
Spoon some polenta into the bottom of a bowl.
Arrange asparagus and sausage over the polenta.
Top with an egg and garnish with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Brunch Bowls

Take a look at what the #BrunchWeek Bloggers are creating today!
BrunchWeek Beverages:

Homemade Orange Julius from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Kimchi Bloody Mary from kimchi MOM

Mimosa Bar from Love and Confections

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:

Asparagus & Pancetta Frittata from The Chef Next Door

Breakfast Burritos from Books n' Cooks

Chilaquiles from The Redhead Baker

Coddled Eggs with Bacon and Cheddar from Family Around the Table

Eggs Benedict Breakfast Tacos from The Spiffy Cookie

Parmesan Polenta Brunch Bowl with Asparagus and Sausage from Cooking with Carlee

Put an Egg on it Mac and Cheese from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Smashed Sweet Potato Rosti with Butter Poached Egg from Nik Snacks

Smoked Eggs over Asparagus from Cindy's Recipes and Writings

Spinach Baked Eggs with Habanero Cheddar from Sweet Beginnings

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:

Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread from Pink Cake Plate

Apple Crumble Bread from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Apple, Sausage & Cheddar Oven Pancake from Wholistic Woman

Cheddar Asparagus Breakfast Tarts from It Bakes Me Happy

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal from Big Bear's Wife

Cinnamon Roll Pizza from Palatable Pastime

Best Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

English Raisin Scones with Apple Jam from The Crumby Cupcake

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls from Gluten Free Crumbley

Strawberry Lemonade Muffins from An Edible Mosaic

Strawberry Rolls with Orange Icing from The Nifty Foodie

Tiramisu French Toast from Brunch-n-Bites

Twisted Star Cinnamon Rolls from Amy's Cooking Adventures

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:

Biscuits and Gravy Bubble Up from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

Cheesy Bacon Chile Rellenos from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Country Fried Steak & Eggs with Habanero Cheddar Gravy from Forking Up

Homemade Chicken Sausage & Egg Stromboli from Hardly a Goddess

Spinach, Artichoke and Asparagus Strata from Cooking in Stilettos

Ultimate Cheddar Grits Bowl from The Barbee Housewife

Veggie Loaded Breakfast Enchiladas from Sarcastic Cooking

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:

Apple and Creamy Ricotta Crepes from From Gate to Plate

Apple Cheddar Bites with Honey and Pepper from Feeding Big

Spring Asparagus Salad from Girl Abroad

Sweet Pea Sipper from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Thai Asparagus Slaw from Jane's Adventures in Dinner

BrunchWeek Desserts:

Baltimore Peach Cake from Cookaholic Wife

Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake from My Catholic Kitchen


  1. Brunch and Bowl in the same recipe title...I'm sold!!! Yum, yum, and yum. So excited as brunch is my favorite!!! This looks unique and oh so scrumptious!! Great pics too!! Happy Monday, hope it's great pretty lady!!

    1. Me too! Thanks so much, Andrea!

  2. A Brunch Bowl is such a great idea.....YUMMO

  3. Brunch bowl?? OMG yes I need to make this!

    1. You definitely should, it was soooo good!

  4. This hearty dish is so perfect for brunch! Lots of good flavors going on!

  5. I love that you put asparagus in this breakfast bowl, what a welcome addition! Looks great!

    1. Thank you so much! We really enjoyed it!

  6. Now I can't decide if I want this or the Croque Madame Waffle dish first! Wow, this is one good-looking dish. If it were at a restaurant, I would order it, hands down! :-)

    1. They are both REALLLLLY good. I hope you give them a try!

  7. A great Roundup for Brunch! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. We will look forward to seeing you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. We were just talking about Polenta last week, and my husband has never tried it. This would be a great recipe for him to give it a try. I LOVE that you used bacon sausage! My most favorite breakfast sausage :)

    1. Isn't the bacon sausage so good? This would be a great way to get him started on polenta. I didn't grow up in a polenta or grits household, but I've been having fun experimenting lately!

  9. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

  10. I love polenta! It's one of our new favorites. I've only used it for dinner so far but this is exactly what I need to do for breakfast, or brunch!

    1. Polenta is one of my newer obsessions. I love it with a healthy bit of cheese and some delicious toppings. It is the perfect pillow for a runny yolk to land on! Thanks, Jade!

  11. Oh!my this looks wonderful Carlee. I haven't had Polenta in years, thanks for this one I need to run out and get some polenta. There are so many different things that you can do with it.

    1. I have just started getting into polenta recently. This Parmesan polenta was absolutely heavenly and a great base for a nice poached egg. I can't wait to see what your polenta creations are!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!