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A stoneware cup containing polenta chips. Next to it sits a small dish of hawthorne ketchup. Scattered around is two bunches of dried lavendar stems

Crispy Baked Polenta Fries

Chef Tripti
Crispy, herby, cheesy baked polenta fries. A great alternative to potato chips
Cook Time 20 mins
Baking time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Modern European
Servings 14 chips

Equipment

  • Digital scales

Ingredients
  

  • 100 gms Polenta
  • 600 gms Vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp Dried herbs
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 30 gms Vegan parmesan cheese
  • 30 gms Vegan butter

Instructions
 

  • Grease a baking tray with oil and set aside.
  • Bring the vegetable stock to the boil in a pot.
  • Add the polenta and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring often, or until all the stock has been absorbed by the polenta and the polenta is creamy.
  • Add the salt, cubes of butter and stir. Then add the grated cheese and continue stirring.
  • Add the dried herbs and continue stirring till the polenta is nice and creamy and is coming off the sides of the pot.
    Close up of polenta mix on a spatula held over a pan containing the polenta mix for the polenta chips
  • Transfer to the greased tray and spread evenly and to the thickness desired for the chips. I keep the thickness to no more than ½ of an inch.
  • Leave to cool and set for about an hour or so.
    Block of solidified polenta ready to be cut into chips.
  • Preheat oven to 200ºC
  • Once the polenta slab is set, carefully flip the baking sheet on a chopping board to release the polenta slab.
  • Slice the polenta half lengthwise and then cut into 14 equal chip shaped portions.
    Overhead photograph of a tray of polenta chips ready for cooking, in two rows.
  • Brush each chip with oil.
  • Transfer the uncooked chips back to the baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. turning them over halfway through so all sides crisp up.
    Overhead photograph of a tray of cooked polenta chips in two rows.
  • Serve with bloody mary hawthorne ketchup (see my recipe) or your choice of sauce.
Keyword finger food, Gluten free, vegan