16 October 2014

Herbed Polenta Fries

Make these Herbed Polenta Fries as an alternative to the french fry and you just might never go back. Crispy like a fry, herbed polenta fries have that one major thing the French fry lacks - flavor.

herbed polenta fries
The complexity of flavors is pure heaven! The slight sweetness of the polenta mixes nicely with flavors to create a delightful bite. It's so good, no dipping sauce is required. But if you feel the desire, a warm bowl of marinara sauce is the perfect compliment.

polenta fry recipe

My recipe calls for making polenta from scratch. But if you're in a hurry, ready-made polentas can be purchased at your grocer in various flavors. If you choose to go that route, simply skip the homemade step and go right to making your fries (recipe below). And if you have leftover polenta from a previous meal, this is the perfect way to use up those leftovers.

making herbed polenta fries

Once my polenta cooled, I cut my fries, basted the tops with olive oil, then transferred them to a baking sheet.

polenta fries

Spacing the fries evenly on the sheet will help them to get a nice browing. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and shredded Parmesan then broil as directed.

polenta fries

Offer these with a warm bowl of marinara sauce. But odds they'll be gobbled up before there's time to dip!

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Herbed Polenta
A tasty side dish as is, but even more impressive when prepared as a fry. A flavorful alternative to the tired french fry.
  • 6 C Water
  • 2 C Polenta
  • 3 T Butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic, finely minced
  • 1/3 C Fresh Basil, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1/2 C Parmesan, grated or finely shredded
  • Salt + Pepper to taste
Follow package instructions for preparing polenta.Once done, add butter, Parmesan, salt, pepper, + crushed garlic. Stir well to blend the flavors.Pour warm mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet. With a spatula wiped in oil, evenly spread the polenta to approximately 1/4-1/2" thickness. The thinner you can make it, the crispier the fry will be.Allow polenta to solidify as it cools down. (It can be stored this way in the refrigerator for up to two days.) Once cooled, cut into fries and follow instructions below for baking.

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Herbed Polenta Fries
A flavorful alternative to the tired french fry. Serve as a side dish with your favorite steak or serve as an appetizer for game day.
  • Herbed Polenta, cut into fries
  • Olive Oil, for basting
  • Sea Salt, freshly ground
  • Pepper, freshly ground
  • Parmesan Cheese, finely shredded
  • Marinara Sauce for dipping
Pre-heat oven to low broil.Baste fries with olive oil then transfer to a baking sheet. Space the fries to allow for even browning. Generously sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.Broil on middle rack of oven for approximately 15-20 minutes or until fries have sufficiently heated through and are crispy brown along their edges. Serve with warm marinara sauce if desired.



  1. I love Polenta so I have got to try this out! Thank you for the recipe.

  2. I found polenta by happy accident, and now I'm hooked! Love its versatility. Let me know what you think of the fries!

  3. Can you believe I have never had polenta before! The fries looks pretty tasty though, so I may have to try it now!

  4. Im gonna try for sure. My family loves polenta this is a new way to enjoy. thanks


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