Breakfast Salad – Polenta Cakes with Black Pudding and Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes with a Brown Sauce Dressing Recipe

This was so tasty and made a nice change from a fry up. I tried to make polenta before by adding loads of butter and parmesan, I honestly didn’t think it was worth the calories. This version however was really delicious. The crispy outside and fluffy center tasted really yummy, the spices added a warm tone but not too strong. It worked perfectly with the crispy black pudding and soft tomatoes. I love brown sauce on my breakfast so I had to make a brown sauce dressing to finish it off.

Ingredients (serves 2)

For the polenta cakes

  • 1 banana shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 chesnut mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 150g polenta
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 50ml skimmed milk
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • drizzle of oil for frying (I like groundnut)

For the balsamic roasted tomatoes

  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil

For the dressing

  • 1 tbsp HP brown sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • splash of water

For the salad

  • small bag of salad leaves
  • 6 morcilla black pudding sausages


  1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees fan.
  2. Place the tomatoes with all the ingredients into a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Next make the polenta cakes. Heat a drizzle of oil in a saucepan over a medium heat until hot. Add the spring onions and shallots and cook stirring frequently until translucent (about 4-5 mins).
  4. Add the mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, cayenne pepper and chilli flakes and cook for a further few minutes. Set aside off the heat.
  5. Heat the stock in a pan until boiling, add the polenta and salt, whisking well so there are no lumps. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for a few minutes. Add the milk and again whisk well to combine. once thickened add in the vegetables and stir to combine.
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased small baking dish, smooth it out evenly and place in the fridge while you finish off the salad.
  7. Heat a small frying pan over a medium heat, add the black pudding and cook for about 5 mins turning so it goes dark on both sides. Drain on some kitchen paper.
  8. Make the dressing by adding all the ingredients into a jar or bowl, shake or whisk to combine. set aside.
  9. Take the set polenta out of the fridge and cut into triangles. Heat a good drizzle of oil in a small saucepan until hot. Fry the polenta on all sides until golden brown make took about 5 mins in total.
  10. To serve – Add the salad leaves between 2 bowls. Top with a polenta triangle, sprinkle around the tomatoes and black pudding. Finish off with the dressing.

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