Baked Polenta Fries

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Total Time
30 mins
20 mins

My love for polanta sent me searching the web where I found this wonderful recipe. This is a great make-ahead recipe. You can make a selection of dipping sauces in the days before you want to serve it and cook up the polenta in advance as well. The day of a party or dinner cut and bake the fries just before serving. Prep time is approximate depending on the polanta used.

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  1. Bring the milk and water just to a boil in a large saucepan.
  2. Slowly stream in the polenta while stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in the salt and turn down the heat a bit if needed (you don't want the polenta to scorch).
  4. Continue stirring until the polenta thickens up, this can take anywhere from just a few minutes to much longer depending on your polenta.
  5. Stir in the cheese.
  6. Remove from heat and spread out 1/2-inch thick onto a baking sheet using a spatula (although I feel like I get a better shape by letting it cool a minute or two and then using my hands).
  7. Chill in a refrigerator for at least an hour, or overnight.
  8. Cut into wide-cut "fry" shapes using a straight-edge for guidance and uniformity (or opt for a more rustic cut).
  9. Rub each fry with a bit of clarified butter or olive oil and sprinkle with some salt.
  10. Bake in a 450 degree oven, middle rack, for 20 minutes or until golden and crispy.
  11. Flip the fries once after ten minutes.