I could have sworn I’d already posted a polenta fries recipe here, but perusing my scanty archives suggests otherwise. I find that quite surprising because a few months ago I was obsessed by them. I still love them now, but haven’t eaten them for a while due to combination of polenta overload, their relative inaccessibility in restaurants, and the fact that although they are very easy to make at home, they do require pre-planning and are not ready instantly.
And when I say “haven’t eaten them for a while” I mean at least a fortnight. The place I last ate them at was a new discovery, The Sporting Club in Brunswick. I’m always excited when I hear about a new restaurant that serves them, so when a friend told me about it, I was keen to check it out, despite it being on the other side of town.
But tonight I had to satisfy my polenta craving by less convenient means; making it myself. I follow a recipe for polenta fries from allrecipes.com and make a few modifications: I tend to eat a serve as mash rather than fries as I’m making it, just to mix things up a bit. I add everything except the parsley and parmesan before serving it as mash. Also I bake the fries rather than frying them; I find its easier and uses less oil.
Here’s my modified version.
- 500ml whole milk
- 1L chicken stock
- 30g butter
- 600g polenta
- 85 g Parmesan cheese
- handful chopped fresh parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- paprika, chilli, other spices as desired
- In a large saucepan, combine milk, chicken stock, and butter; bring to rolling boil. Slowly whisk in polenta.
- Turn down heat to medium-low, and continue cooking and stirring until polenta pulls from edge of pan. Eat as mash at this point if desired.
- Mix in cheese and parsley, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread polenta evenly over a cookie sheet, and refrigerate until cold.
- Transfer polenta to cutting board and cut into cut 3/4 by 3/4 by 3 1/2 inch sticks.
- Put on baking trays and cook in an oven preheated to 180 degrees until brown and crispy. Yum!
Oh and if you know any places in Melbourne that serves these suckers up, please do let me know. I’m always on the lookout for more!