Easy, simple polenta fry recipe you can bake! A great appetizer for a crowd or any party! A fun take on fries but healthier! #fries

Baked Polenta Fries With Thyme Honey

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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cornmeal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Author: Aleka Shunk

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Minced Yellow Onions
  • 4 Cups Stock ((Chicken or Vegetable))
  • 1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal ((Polenta))
  • 1 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  • To a large pot, add your butter and onions and allow to simmer over medium-low heat making sure not to burn the butter or onions. 
  • After about 3-5 minutes, add your stock and bring to a boil. Once boiling, WHISK in polenta slowly until fully incorporated. Make sure all lumps are broken down.
  • Turn heat to medium-low and add in the onion powder, garlic powder, honey and salt. It will take some time to thicken so stir every 5 minutes or so. You do not want the polenta to stick to the bottom of the pan so use a flat wooden spoon to scrape the bottom every so often.
  • In the meantime, grease a casserole dish including the sides. You can spray it with oil or use butter.
  • After about 25-30 minutes, or when the polenta has thickened to a loose pudding consistency, turn off heat and add in your Parmesan cheese.
  • Quickly pour your polenta into your casserole dish smoothing with the spoon. Make sure your polenta is evenly distributed in the dish.
  • Allow to cool and set in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours (or overnight).
  • Spray an area on your counter with cooking spray or lay down parchment paper. Then turn entire dish upside down onto the counter. It should slip right out.
  • Using a pizza cutter or large knife, cut your polenta rectangle in HALf lengthwise. Then cut into individual fries. (I was able to get 26 fries, 2 rows of 13, that are about 3/4"wide.) See photo to get a better idea.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F on the middle rack for 20 minutes (or until golden brown on the bottom) then flip each fry over and bake another 5-7 minutes. I suggest using tongs to flip!!
  • When light browned on both sides, remove and grate some fresh Parmesan cheese over top and garnish with thyme leaves. Serve with warm marina sauce on the side for dipping.