Baked Chili Cheese Polenta Fries

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

I have a few recipes in my repertoire that fix my cravings for anything crunchy.  One actually uses millet, which I’ll post another time, another is oven baked potato fries.  And then there’s this one.  Polenta bakes up wonderfully crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, if you haven’t tried it, you really should.  It’s surprisingly simple, can be flavored so many different ways and chilling the polenta is what takes the longest, but if you plan in advance these are super quick to make, especially if you broil them instead of just baking them.

You’ll notice in the recipe I said the cheese is optional.  I actually don’t think the cheese added a whole lot to the fries, so next time I would leave it out and then in the last couple minutes of baking or broiling, sprinkle cheese over top and bake them just until it’s melted.  How awesome does that sound?  I also think a fresh jalapeno, finely diced and added with the garlic would be so yummy.   Too bad I always think of the best ideas after the fact, hah.  Either way though, if you want to omit the cheese(and even use oil instead of butter for a dairy-free version) and just serve them on their own with sour cream or greek yogurt and salsa, they’re still awesome 🙂

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1 Kathryn January 31, 2012 at

I love polenta fries and that kick of spice is just perfect!
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2 Carolyn @Care's Kitchen January 31, 2012 at

OK….THESE….look delicious! They’re perfectly cooked! Crunchy on the out, soft in the center! Polenta, in general, is one of those things I need to master! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will make these….

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3 Michelle January 31, 2012 at

These look delicious! I love baked and crunchy anything! I’ll be making these!
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4 Marsha @ The Harried Cook January 31, 2012 at

What a wonderful idea… I bet it tastes awesome! And your pictures are just gorgeous! I feel a craving coming on!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂
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5 Cara January 31, 2012 at

When I first read the title I was thinking that one could dip the fries in chili or smother them with chili and cheese and then bake them. Not a bad idea! I love polenta 🙂
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6 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 31, 2012 at

This is something I would’ve never thought to do with polenta. It’s one of those things I don’t make nearly enough for how simple it is.

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7 sally February 1, 2012 at

These look pretty awesome–and would be a good snack for the Superbowl!
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8 Heather February 1, 2012 at

Mmmmm: can things get anymore amazing with the these Polenta Fries- they absolutely look perfect . An awesome alternative to french fries – must make!
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9 beth@kitchenminions February 1, 2012 at

Polenta fries sound like a great replacement. I’m looking forward to your millet recipe!
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10 kitchenriffs February 1, 2012 at

These look tremendous! Love the concept. Haven’t done polenta for awhile – this looks like a nice version. And I love the colors in your photos!
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11 Nora @ Natural noshing February 1, 2012 at

Totally making these! I LOVE polenta but the hubs isn’t much of a fan…maybe if I made them in fry form then it would entice him 🙂 These look SO scrumptious! I wish I was eating these with dinner right now!
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12 Nicole, RD February 1, 2012 at

I am officially sad to say I’ve never cooked with polenta. CLEARLY I am missing out on lots! These look…amazing! No other word would do!
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13 Joanne February 2, 2012 at

I love all things polenta and these fries would make me unendingly happy!
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14 Beth @ Tasty Yummies February 2, 2012 at

These look so amazing! I would love to try making these dairy=free. You think I could use olive oil in place of the butter?
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15 Heidi @ Food Doodles February 3, 2012 at

Yes, I think that would work just fine! 🙂

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16 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 8, 2012 at

Polenta fries are the best! I love your spiced up version.
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17 Anita February 11, 2012 at

I love polenta and have never seen it in fry form. Good show!

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