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Cheezy Baked Polenta Fries

Healthy Baked Polenta Fries: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com

The Ultimate Non-Fast-Food Meal:

Cook up some of my favorite Portobello Mushroom Burgers and serve with grilled onion rings on the side. Maybe grill slices of zucchini or red peppers while you’re at it. And, of course, you will want fries with that, right?

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Today’s Polenta Fries photos and recipe are courtesy of a talented and compassionate friend, Amber, author of a beautiful blog called Fettle Vegan. On her site, you will find vegan and mostly-gluten-free recipes, and I’m honored to have her as a guest on the site today.

I’ve been a long time fan of Chocolate Covered Katie. When I first went vegan, she was my go-to for navigating the world of chocolatey, better-for-you desserts. So when she asked me to share a recipe with you guys (her AMAZING fans) I was THRILLED! Katie is at the forefront of healthy dessert blogging and always have such YUMMY looking recipes. I was honored to have been asked! I hope you love these crispy, crunchy, POTATO-FREE polenta fries- they are one of my favorites. Great on their own with a spicy dip or ketchup, but even better under a pile of Mexican toppings in place of tortilla chips, they’re just as full of flavor as the original, but crunchier. And crunchy fries are my favorite!

This recipe started as an attempt to use up a jar of polenta grits we’d had in the pantry for too long. We moved from Maine to California and the polenta made the trip. It was time for it to get eaten, but we were sick of the typical polenta-veggie-sauce mixture we normally whip up, and started thinking of better uses.

Turning them into fries was the right choice. The flavor is a little corn-y, the crunch is unbeatable, and the cheezy flavor takes the whole dish up a notch. Plus, polenta fills you up and is a seriously cheap kitchen staple that is great to keep on hand. The dough can easily be made ahead and refrigerated overnight, so you can make the dough tonight and enjoy it for dinner tomorrow night- just set the timer and walk away! And who doesn’t love a meal like that?

One last note: I have never actually used pre-made polenta that comes in a sausage-like roll from the grocery store. That being said, if thats what you have on hand, skip straight to the step where you mix in the spices and butter, and continue with the recipe. Let’s eat!

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Cheezy Baked Polenta Fries

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked instant polenta (bramata)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter spread, such as Earth Balance
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

Bring water and the 1 tsp salt to a boil in a large pot. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and pour in polenta, stirring to combine. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and begins to pull away from the sides of the pot, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the nutritional yeast, buttery spread, salt, and pepper. Stir until the butter has completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour onto a large, greased baking sheet or two smaller baking sheets, and spread with a rubber spatula to about a 1/2 inch thickness. Let sit 30-50 minutes, until polenta becomes solid and is no longer hot. While waiting, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Once polenta has cooled, gently move it from the pan to a cutting board (best done in sections). Alternatively, you can leave the mixture on the baking sheet and use a pizza cutter to cut. Otherwise, use a large knife to cut the slab in half, and then into 1/4 – 1/-2 inch strips. Transfer the cut fries to a greased baking sheet (coconut oil is a great option for high heat), and bake for 45-50 minutes, flipping once, until polenta fries are crispy and golden. Remove from the oven and serve with ketchup, sriracha, or ranch. Enjoy! The fries can be reheated in the oven at 400 degrees for around 10 minutes. Overcooking will result in uber- crunchy fries, so be careful. *Dough can be made ahead of time, wrapped in plastic, and refrigerated overnight or until ready to bake. (K note: For any recipe or substitution questions, please feel free to ask the recipe creator, Amber.)

Click for: Polenta Fries Calories & Nutrition Facts

Cheezy Baked Polenta Fries: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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**I try not to get political on the blog or mention anything non-food-related, but there’s no way I can end this post without taking a moment to thank all of the brave men and women who have given their lives–as well as those who put themselves in harm’s way each day–for our freedom. If you are a soldier or former soldier and are reading this, please know that there aren’t words powerful enough to express my gratitude. A small paragraph at the end of a blog post is certainly not enough.

No matter your political affiliations, please remember to support those who risk their lives for you–by writing letters, sending care packages, donating to rehabilitation causes, and by thanking the soldiers in your lives; not only today, but every day.**

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Those fries are looking so good! And such a wonderful note at the end of your post!

  2. Liz says:

    I love when you feature other blogs! It introduces me to new blogs I would not have known were out there. I also really like that you feature smaller blogs instead of just linking back and forth with other big bloggers to each other’s blogs to gain traffic for your blog. As a gluten free vegan I’m excited to check out Amber’s site.

  3. These look delicious! I never thought of using polenta to make fries, thanks to Amber for posting this recipe, and to Katie for having her guest-blogging 😀 I really wanna try my hands on these, mmm :) x

  4. Oh, my, I love polenta fries! As a half Romanian, I’m a polenta gal anyway, but fries are great, and the idea to put nutritional yeast in them is splendid. A must try for me!
    Thanks for introducing other blogs, that’s so very informative :)

  5. Jamie Lynn says:

    These look delicious! I’ve actually been looking for polenta in the grocery store and just finally found it today. Great to have a recipe to use it for right away, I can’t wait!

  6. Leah says:

    So I’m watching Mystery Diner’s, and they’re at a raw food vegan cafe called Beets cafe in… Texas! I’m not sure where you’re from in Texas, but this place is in Austin.

    Um… OK, that is really random, but whatever lol.

  7. carolyn says:

    these look delicious!! thanks!

  8. Steph says:

    Yum, yum, yum, yum ,yum! I love polenta and I love fries (vegan=bonus!) definitely making these!

  9. I absolutely LOVE polenta fries – these ones look amazing!

  10. Jennifer Walker says:

    These look so yummy. I will add these to our menu soon. I hope you had a great Memorial Day…

  11. Mary says:

    Wonderful and I am so so impressed and helped by all the creative recipes with chocolate covered diet(!!!), but curious about this recipe- where does the cheese come in? Not that it needs it though!

    1. Michelle says:

      Nutritional yeast gives a cheesy flavor in vegan dishes.

  12. Lauren says:

    How many servings does this recipe make?

    1. Michelle says:

      I input the recipe into a calorie counter and to get the same numbers as Katie, it was divided into 17 servings.

  13. Carole-Ann says:

    I just made them! :) Thank you so much for the recipe. It’s delicious, really easy and quick

  14. Sharlynn Ng says:

    This looks soo freaking amazing! I wish I could grab that plate from you!

  15. What ac coincidence-I just posted a comment on a fellow mama bloggers’ site because she just made these too. I make them ALL the time for my kids and they love them!! They’re a great substitute for every day fries! I also make tofu and eggplant fries that they love!
    https://www.bitesforbabies.com/recipes/crispy-polenta-cubes-with-ratatouille/
    https://www.bitesforbabies.com/recipes/tofu-croutons/
    https://www.bitesforbabies.com/recipes/crispy-baked-eggplant-fries/

  16. mochi says:

    Can’t wait to try this when I get back to home!

  17. Sarah Heckman says:

    As a veteran, I very much appreciate the thank you paragraph in honor of Memorial Day. That always means so much!

    As an MSPI momma, I am super psyched about this recipe! Thank you!

  18. Lucy says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I love how your blog contains the nutrition information – that really helps.

  19. This is fate ! I was literally just googling Polenta fries about an hour ago!!!! So excited you try this recipe out 😀 I am such a newbie to Polenta! 😀

  20. The Zen Kat says:

    Sinless fries? Yes please! These look delish! Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day, Katie!

  21. I love polenta, and I’ve been wanting to try frying/baking it instead of just eating it with a spoon. This looks like the perfect recipe to try!

  22. Heather says:

    AHHH GET IN MY BELLY NOW PLEASE

  23. Marni says:

    I am making these right now to take to an appetizer party tonight. From what I’ve tasted of the batter so far….yum! They’re in the cooling stage. Looking forward to cutting them into fries and getting them in the oven. I’ll be serving them with a sprinkling of roasted garlic seasoning and marinara sauce :)

  24. Laura says:

    Can I use ghee instead of the butter spread? I really don’t think butter spread are healthy…