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Polenta frita or crunchy fried polenta crisps: surprising finger food appetizer or creative alternative for fries... you decide!

Fried Polenta Crisps

Polenta frita or crunchy fried polenta crisps: surprising finger food appetizer or creative alternative for fries... you decide!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 4 people
Calories per serving 187 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 oz polenta cornmeal (70 g)
  • 1 ¼ vegetable stock (300 ml)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • garlic powder
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Pour the stock in a saucepan and place it over high heat until boiling. Then add the polenta cornmeal.
    Polenta frita or crunchy fried polenta crisps: surprising finger food appetizer or creative alternative for fries... you decide!
  2. Season with pepper and salt to taste. Stir for 2 minutes until the polenta starts to thicken. Then turn the heat very low and cover the pan. Cook the polenta for 25 minutes. Stir regularly, make sure it doesn't burn.
    Polenta frita or crunchy fried polenta crisps: surprising finger food appetizer or creative alternative for fries... you decide!
  3. Stir in the butterl. Season with extra pepper.
    Polenta frita or crunchy fried polenta crisps: surprising finger food appetizer or creative alternative for fries... you decide!
  4. Take the pan off the heat and pour the cooked polenta in a glass or ceramic dish. Mine was round but you can choose whatever shape you want. Cover the surface of the polenta with some plastic wrap or it will dry out.
    Polenta frita or crunchy fried polenta crisps: surprising finger food appetizer or creative alternative for fries... you decide!
  5. Let the polenta cool in the fridge for at least 5 hours until set. Then remove the polenta from its ramekin and slice it into chunks.
    Polenta frita or crunchy fried polenta crisps: surprising finger food appetizer or creative alternative for fries... you decide!
  6. Then slice them as thin as possible. This is a bit tricky. Make the slices evenly thin, thicker slices will have to grill longer. Thin crisps will stay crisp for much longer. Then place the slivers of polenta onto an oven rack covered with baking paper. Do this in batches if necessary. Sprinkle the polenta with pepper, salt, paprika… or any type of seasoning you prefer.

    Polenta frita or crunchy fried polenta crisps: surprising finger food appetizer or creative alternative for fries... you decide!
  7. Grill the polenta crisps for 13 to 15 minutes until very crisp. Don’t let them burn. Then peel the crisps off the baking paper and place them on a plate. Serve within 24 hours.
    Polenta frita or crunchy fried polenta crisps: surprising finger food appetizer or creative alternative for fries... you decide!