Polenta Chips

October 29, 2010

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I have attempted polenta in the past, however unsuccessfully.  So, when I saw several recipes for Polenta in donna hay magazine, I attempted yet one more time.  Polenta is so, so easy.  I don’t know what I was afraid of.  I served these chips with Isaac’s favorite chicken dish and some roasted brussel sprouts and everyone in my house was perfectly happy with their meal!  I love when that happens!

These would make a really good nosh before the Halloween mayhem starts on Sunday night. I am loading my kids up on protein and veggies all day.  Boycotting sugar this weekend for fear of what’s to come!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Polenta Chips
adapted from DH issue 51

ingredients:
3 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock
1 cup instant polenta
30g butter
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
sea salt
fresh herbs

instructions:
• place the stock in a heavy duty pan. bring to a boil.
• gradually whisk in the polenta.  you want to add slowly, whisking the whole time.  otherwise you will get lumps and you can’t get the lumps out.
• cook 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
• remove from heat and add the Parmesan, salt, and a little pepper.
• spread mixture into a lightly greased baking pan (i used a quarter sheet pan).
• refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until set.
• slice into strips.
• preheat oven to 425*. brush strips with a little olive oil.  place on lightly greased tray and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

these are also really good with a side of homemade marinara!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria October 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Great use of polenta!

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2 Vittoria October 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Polenta is one thing that I’ve never attempted, or even wanted to – but these have peaked my interest! I have to try them now!

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3 Patricia Scarpin October 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm

These are delectable, Susan! I want to try some of those recipes, too. You should try this, another one of Donna’s great recipes:http://technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com/2008/08/grilled-cheese-and-basil-polenta.htmlxx

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4 M. October 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I love polenta, and this sound like a great snack!

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5 Eliana October 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm

These look divine and as you said, like the perfect snack to nosh on!

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6 Jackie October 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I have some polenta mix left that I bought in Buenos Aires so I am definitely trying this. I love Polenta and this looks so good! Thank you Susan!

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7 marla {family fresh cooking} October 30, 2010 at 12:48 am

Isn’t it funny how we shy away from polenta & then when we make it we realize how easy & tasty it is! Have a great Halloween! xo

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8 squirrelbread October 30, 2010 at 2:16 am

I tried this once a long time ago and they weren’t so crisp. I think the problem was spreading the polenta in too small of a pan, resulting in thicker slices that remained soft in the middle even after baking. I’ll have to reattempt it with your recipe.Cheers and thanks,*Heather*

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9 Kat October 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm

That looks so good Susan. Will need to give them a try. Have a great weekend and thanks so much for visiting my blog.

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10 Amanda October 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I have never made polenta and am a little scared too. But this looks delish!

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11 Maris (In Good Taste) October 31, 2010 at 4:28 pm

YUM! I love polenta. These look great and I never would have thought of them,

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12 A SPICY PERSPECTIVE November 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Hoe cool! I’ve never heard of this before!

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13 Lizzie November 2, 2010 at 10:18 am

These look absolutely delicious! I love polenta when it’s made this way. Months ago I added some toppings like goat cheese and thin strips of roasted red peppers.

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