This elementary dish of boiled cornmeal is to Northern Italians as mashed potatoes are to North Americans. Polenta is a quintessential that may eaten as a hot porridge, used as a vessel for any sauce or ragout or cooled and set into a loaf to be sliced then baked, fried or grilled and served with bruschetta-like toppings.
Pickled eggs get a bad rap for being pub grub. Full of nutrients and protein, eggs are one of the healthiest foods. Chopped pickled eggs make great garnishes for salads and pasta. If you manage to stab one from the jar, is eating it right off the fork proper etiquette?! You decide.