These garlic parmesan polenta fries are crispy, crunchy, delicious, and baked to perfection. One of the best appetizers or side dishes for the summer. Paired with a juicy steak and your favorite dipping sauce, this recipe is mouthwatering and irresistible.
This polenta fries recipe is one of my favorites because it features a lot of herbs that really add to the overall flavor of the dish. Also, make sure that you make more of these because I guarantee your family will ask for more once they finish eating a whole batch in just under 5 minutes.
Tutorial on making the crispiest garlic parmesan polenta fries:
- 1 cup quick-cooking polenta
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)
- 3 tbsp salted butter (melted)
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tbsp fresh oregano (chopped)
- 1 tbsp fresh sage (chopped)
- 2 cloves of garlic (grated)
- kosher salt
- black pepper
Start by boiling 2 cups of water in a medium-sized saucepan. Then slowly start adding the polenta, thyme, 1/4 of the parmesan, 1 garlic, sage, and salt to taste. Slowly whisk until all the ingredients have incorporated, or until the mixture is soft, which should take roughly about 5 minutes.
Now, turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Let the polenta rest for an additional 5 minutes.
Next, line a medium-sized baking dish with parchment paper. Then evenly spread the polenta on the baking dish lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate the polenta for approximately 1 hour or freeze for 20 minutes.
After that, preheat the oven to 425 °F and cut the polenta into 1/4 inch thick strips. Then place the fries on a baking sheet and add salt, pepper, and olive oil. Toss the fries around so they get coated evenly.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes before flipping to the other side. Bake for another 15-20 minutes or until fries are crispy and have a golden brown color.
While the fries are in the oven baking, in a large bowl, combine the garlic, parmesan, melted butter, oregano, and basil.
Once the fries have finished baking, toss them in the large bowl and spread the garlic butter mixture evenly between the fries.
Serve as a side dish or appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!