fryday: cheesy baked polenta fries

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Cheesy Baked Polenta Fries

Hello hello! You know me and my love of fries, but making homemade potato fries with the washing of the potatoes, sometimes peeling of the potatoes, and chopping of the potatoes can get a bit time consuming, and you’re better off just getting your fix at McDonald’s. The word “better” being used rather loosely. Well, that’s where these baked polenta fries come in. They’re as easy as cut, bake and go. And if seasoned right (cheese helps), are just as delicious as the original potato french fry, and healthier too!. Let me show you what I mean. 

Cheesy Polenta Fries Ingredients
To make cheesy polenta fries, you’ll need: a roll of polenta, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 1 cup parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and olive oil and olive oil spray for baking.

Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees.

Cutting Polenta Fries
Next, make the fries. Start by slicing the polenta roll in half, then slice each half into half-inch thick fries. Half half half.

In a large flat-surfaced container (I used my 9×13 glass baking dish), coat polenta fries in 1 teaspoon olive oil. Use your hands to gently toss fries around making sure each one gets coated. Set aside. 

Cheese for Processing

Because I like to make things a tad cheesier and a tad less healthy whenever I can, I threw some cheddar and parmesan cheese into the chopper/grinder attachment of my trusted hand blender set. Everyone could use one of these immersion blender things. I highly recommend it.

Cheese for Polenta Fries
Chop the cheese up, making it perfect for sprinkling. 

Making Polenta Fries
Next, spray olive oil on 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Spread polenta fries on the pans. Sprinkle with cheese first, followed by salt and pepper. 

Fresh Baked Polenta Fries
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden and crispy. 

Baked Polenta Fries with Spicy Ranch
Serve polenta fries with the excess cheesy crunch baked on. Don’t you dare get rid of that. The cheese might even be the best part.

Enjoy with ketchup or my favorite spicy ranch which is just a mixture of ⅓ cup ranch dressing and 1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce. I love Frank’s Red Hot. 

These polenta fries are good, like almost-as-good-as-potato-fries good. So the next time you spot a roll of polenta at the grocery store, consider picking one up. This is such a satisfying and easy recipe to follow that you might as well for when the mood for homemade fries strikes again.

Enjoy and happy Fryday! I hope you have a lovely weekend. I plan to make the most of mine in the great city of Cleveland.  TGIFryday. 

cheesy polenta fries
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Ingredients
  1. 1 roll polenta
  2. 1 cup cheddar cheese
  3. 1 cup parmesan cheese
  4. ½ teaspoon salt
  5. ½ teaspoon pepper
  6. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  7. olive oil spray for baking
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Next, make the fries. Slice the polenta roll in half, then slice each half into half-inch thick fries.
  3. In a large flat-surfaced container (I used my 9×13 glass baking dish), coat polenta fries in 1 teaspoon olive oil. Use your hands to gently toss fries around making sure each one gets coated. Set aside.
  4. In a mini food processor, chop cheeses into a coarse meal.
  5. Next, spray olive oil on baking sheets, spread out polenta fries on baking sheets.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese first, followed by salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden and crispy.
  8. Remove from oven and enjoy.
Notes
  1. Enjoy with ketchup or my favorite spicy ranch which is just a mixture of ⅓ cup ranch dressing and 1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce.
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