Polenta Fries

The Puppies….

For 3 more days.

They graduate to ‘dogs’ on Friday.

Maybe I’ll have a chance to clean them up and take some birthday photos.

They were as dirty as the house when I got home. (It had been wet.)

And they’re desperately in need of a good grooming. (Mon mari doesn’t brush them.)

As soon as the weather warms up again and the lawn dries out I’ll be doing that – hopefully to celebrate their birthday.

Other than that, they all managed fine without me…

Although ‘Other Human’ fed them 2 whole bags of pigs’ ears while I was gone.

No wonder they were happy  puppies.

We were happy humans with these Polenta Fries!

They were soooo easy and tasted fantastic: crunchy and slightly spicy.

Try’em – you’ll love’em.

Polenta FriesPolenta Fries

1 cup chicken broth 
1/4 cup quick-cooking polenta
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp parsley
1 – 2  tbs olive oil

Bring broth to boil in a small saucepan. Add polenta, chili powder and parsley, whisking constantly – or it will have little volcanic eruptions spewing polenta all over your stove. Turn heat down and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. When done, stir in cheese and remove from heat.
Lay a sheet of cling film on a flat surface and lightly brush with oil.  Spread the polenta out to a thickness of 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch (2cm).  Try to keep it in a square or rectangle and smooth the top as best you can.  Allow to cool completely, 30 – 40 minutes.
When cool, cut into ‘fries’.  Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil.  Lay the fries on the sheet and brush the tops with olive oil.  Bake, 400F (200C) for 15 minutes.

The second best thing about these is you can do everything, except the baking, ahead then cut, bake and eat in 15 minutes.

13 thoughts on “Polenta Fries”

  1. Yes, polenta fries. They are on this very long list … would it be so nice to be able to just cook and eat everything you wanted to …
    Your look and sound fabulous.
    They’ll always be puppies you know.

  2. Love fries of all kinds. These look really good and so do the stairs and hall. A very busy human while you were gone.

  3. I love two-step recipes, they work well with my schedule. I’m home in the mornings and can do the first part then. And when I get home late, I can finish them off. We’ll make these today sans chili powder…my girls would balk at that.

  4. They really are quite beautiful dogs, even when a little on the dirty side. Glad you are back and have time to worry about stuff like that.

  5. Christine, this was the first time I made them – and no, no dipping sauce…. but I don’t put anything on regular fries, either ;-))
    Pam, that’s an understatement LOL
    Dan, I need to spend about 5 hours brushing – each of them. We’re waiting to do it on the lawn in the sun….
    Tanna, wouldn’t it just! Especially the eating part. Yes, always pooppies, er, I mean, puppies
    Phoenicia, he did good ;-)). They were very tasty – could add lots of hot sauce for bit of heat ;-))
    Meredith, I like 2-step as well…. and they were so crunchy, got to be a hit with kids….
    Zoomie, yeah, just a bit on the dirty side. Then they leave it on the floor

  6. Oh, these sound so delicious and something that I can make at home! And those puppies are really big now 🙂 They are cuter everyday.

  7. manningroad, thanks – on both counts.
    Diane, I’m not familiar with that – hope it works.
    Lannae, they were easy… Puppies say thank you. (I’m teaching them to be polite)

  8. Very interesting recipe and very creative for polenta. I’m anxious to try it…sounds like a nice compliment to salads and soups.

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