I know, I know, these are fried. But they really are good. I’m not kidding. Once in a while you need a little fried treat. At first I wasn’t too sure about this idea of frying polenta but I went ahead and tried it anyway and sure enough, these little sticks grow on you. After the second bite you will see what I mean about them growing on you. Crispy on the outside and nice and smooth on the inside. I dipped them in some marinara but I am now thinking a spicy sauce would have been even better. Maybe a horseradish or buffalo sauce.
These are pretty easy to make. If you’ve made polenta before you will already know what to do. Cook the polenta and pour it into a lightly oiled shallow dish and let cool. Once the polenta has cooled (about an hour) you can easily slice them into whatever shape you want and then toss them in some HOT oil. Cook ‘em up nice and crispy and dip ‘em. A quick little appetizer or serve them as a side like regular fries.
I found this recipe in the new cookbook I am going through called Candle 79. You won’t believe all the fantastic recipes included in this book. All are vegetarian/vegan and quite a few raw dishes. These are the recipes from their restaurant in New York. I am in love with these recipes.
From Candle 79
3 cups water (used vegetable broth)
1 teaspoon sea salt (I didn’t add salt since I used the veggie broth)
1 1/2 cups plain cornmeal
1 tablespoon garlic chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
Combine the water/broth and the garlic in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Slowly add the cornmeal stirring the whole time to avoid clumping. Turn the heat down to low and simmer stirring often for about 10 minutes. Pour into the prepared dish and allow to cool. Slice into sticks and fry.
Heat some cooking oil and drop in the sticks and cook until golden brown.