Polenta fries

There are so many more side dishes than rice, potato or pasta! Try these simple, crunchy and delicious polenta fries for example. | Stay Alive and Cooking If I could tell my younger (student) self something, I would say that there are more possibilities for side dishes than just potatoes, macaroni and rice. Really, I think I ate one out of those three neeaaarly every day…. And now that I’m older, and still a student, I’m very happy I found so many more variations. Today, I’ll show you my first attempt at cooking polenta fries!

My younger self

You know, when I typed that introduction I actually started thinking. What would I tell my younger self? That it would all be okay probably, and that I am good enough. Not forever alone like I used to think, haha. And that it’s okay to admit that I wasn’t doing very well. Probably if I had admitted that sooner then I wouldn’t be dealing with anxiety now. But either way, if I changed my ways then I wouldn’t have learned half as much as I did now. I wouldn’t have met the same people, and I may not even have started this blog.

If I had been more laid back I probably wouldn’t have pushed myself as I did now, which can be both a good as well as a bad thing. I mean, you won’t get anywhere if you don’t push yourself a little, right? But pushing yourself too hard might mean you end up unhappy.

There are so many more side dishes than rice, potato or pasta! Try these simple, crunchy and delicious polenta fries for example. | Stay Alive and Cooking

I made mistakes and I really hope I can help others by showing these. One of my friends is currently working so very hard for school, and she feels like crying almost every day. I try and make her understand that it’s not all there is to life: it’s okay to admit that you’re not okay sometimes. Working hard is good, but once you overdo it you’ll be so far “from home” as we Dutch people say, and there’s no knowing when you’ll find your way back to your normal self.

What would you tell your younger self? Are you or have you been very strict too, and has that brought you only good or also bad things? If I can help you with anything feel free to let me know!

Polenta fries

Okay, polenta fry-time it isssss. I’ve actually never had polenta before so this was a bit of an experiment. Maybe I shouldn’t tell you that or you won’t trust my recipe anymore, haha! But trust me, this is so easy! You just need a little time.

Polenta fries
Serves 4
There are so many more side dishes than rice, potato or pasta! Try these simple, crunchy and delicious polenta fries for example. Don't be scared by the prep time: most of it is waiting time!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. Cornmeal, 200g
  2. Milk, 120 ml
  3. Vegetable broth, 240 ml
  4. Butter, 20g
  5. Minced garlic
  6. Olive oil
  7. Salt
For the polenta:
  1. Heat up the milk and broth in a pan. Add the cornmeal bit by bit, stirring until everything is mixed well.
  2. Turn the heat down, add the butter and let this simmer for around 5 more minutes. The mixture should be really thick now: if this makes it too hard to stir you can add some more water.
  3. Take the pan off the heat and add the garlic. Stir through.
  4. Place the mixture in a lined oven tray or on top of baking parchment. Let this cool for at least an hour, until set.
For the fries:
  1. Preheat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius.
  2. Cut the polenta in pieces the size of fries. If you like thicker ones you cut them thick and otherwise you make them about a centimetre wide.
  3. Place these fries on a piece of baking parchment and brush some olive oil over the top.
  4. These can go in the oven for around 20 minutes. Turn them to the other side, brush with more olive oil and bake them for another 15 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Serve with a nice garlic mayonnaise or chilli sauce.
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2 Replies to “Polenta fries”

  1. OMG, I think most foodies wish they could go back in time and teach their younger self about ALL the foods possible. I use to hate brussels sprouts, which now I love… such a shame I didn’t know better back then! Love these polenta fries!! Move over potato, there is a new fry in town! 😉 Cheers, girlfriend!
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  2. I totally agree on the going back in time part (WHY did it take me so long to find out about chia seeds???) but my husband always says don’t look back, you’ve already been there! And now you have a future full of delectable polenta fries!

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