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Polenta Fries

Oven Baked Polenta Fries

A fun way to use creamy polenta leftovers.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: fries, polenta
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 354kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock or broth or vegetable stock or broth
  • 1 Cup Dried Polenta
  • 8 Oz Jack Cheese cubed
  • ¾ Cup Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Sprinkle Sea Salt
  • Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese optional, for garnish
  • Sprinkle Fresh Parsley optional, for garnish
  • 1 Cup Prepared Marinara for dipping

Instructions

To Make the Polenta (Skip and jump to how to make the polenta fries, if using leftover polenta)

  • In a food processor or high speed blender, add the dried polenta and ground to a fine meal. Set aside. Cut the jack cheese into ½ inch cubes.
  • In an 8 quart saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Slowly whisk in the ground polenta. Continue whisking, the polenta will start to thicken almost immediately. As the polenta thickens (will only take 1-2 minutes), turn the stove down to medium-low.
  • Using a wooden spoon or heat safe spatula, stir in the jack cheese. Continue stirring until the jack cheese has completely melted. (2-3 minutes)
  • Turn off the heat, cover with a lid and let rest 5 minutes.
  • Pour polenta into a glass baking dish (8x10). Allow the polenta to cool and firm up 4 hours - overnight.

To Make the Polenta Fries

  • Preheat the oven to 400F
  • Brush the baking sheet with olive oil.
  • Carefully remove the now solid polenta from the baking dish and place on a cutting board. Use a butter knife and gently release the polenta from the edge of the dish if needed.
  • Slice the polenta into french fry size strips about ¼ inch thick and 4 inches long.
  • Lightly coat each polenta fry in flour, be sure to gently tap off any excess flour, and add to the baking sheet.
  • Spray or drizzle the fries lightly with olive oil (I like how evenly the spray distributes the oil, but it's optional).
  • Bake the fries for 10 - 12 minutes, remove from oven.
  • Gently flip the fries over to cook the other side. Use a spatula and a fork to gently flip the fries to prevent them from breaking. Bake another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with salt and parmesan cheese when fresh from the oven.
  • Plate and serve with your favorite marinara or pesto sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 10fries | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 290mg | Iron: 2mg
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