Chef Way: Bouley serves eggs en cocotte with three purees—fennel, sunchoke and polenta—plus Comté foam.
Easy Way: Home cooks can pair baked eggs with cheese polenta, evoking Bouley's Comté foam with polenta puree.
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1/2 pound sunchokes—scrubbed but not peeled, very thinly sliced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup instant polenta
1 1/2 cups shredded Comté cheese (6 ounces), plus more for garnish
4 large eggs
Chervil sprigs and truffle salt, for garnish
How to Make It
In a medium, deep skillet with a tight-fitting lid, combine the sunchokes with 1 tablespoon of the butter and stir over moderately high heat until the butter is melted. Add 1/2 cup of water, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderate heat until the liquid is evaporated and the sunchokes are tender and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the sunchokes to a bowl and wipe out the skillet. Fill the skillet with water and bring to a simmer.
In a large saucepan, combine the milk with 1 cup of water, season with salt and bring to a boil. Whisk in the polenta and cook over moderate heat, whisking, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese and the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter until creamy; stir in a few tablespoons of water if the polenta is too stiff.
Crack the eggs into ramekins and gently pour them into the simmering water in the skillet, one at a time. Poach the eggs until the whites are set and the yolks are runny, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a paper towel–lined plate.
Spoon the polenta and sunchokes into shallow bowls and top with the eggs. Garnish with chervil and cheese, sprinkle with truffle salt and serve right away.
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