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.
Once my polenta cooled, I cut my fries, basted the tops with olive oil, then transferred them to a baking sheet.
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.
Offer these with a warm bowl of marinara sauce. But odds they'll be gobbled up before there's time to dip!
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.
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.