07 March 2011

No Meat Zone Recipes: Polenta fries with basil sea salt

Recently I came up with a fun dish that I see as capable of launching you to rock star status with your friends and loved ones. It is the perfect add-on to veggie burger night, your new go to appetizer or a filling and fun lunch paired with a biggie salad. It was inspired by my friend Karen who is a foodie through and through. Polenta is a good friend in your arsenal if you are seeking gluten free options. It has protein derived from its starches, offers carotene and vitamins for some nutritional value. Polenta is a corn meal and comes from both white and yellow and mixed variations. Look for organic polenta for the healthiest approach. Prepare for greatness my friends.

Polenta Fries w/Basil Sea Salt & Marinara
(Inspired by Karen. Thank you Karen)

  • 1 18 ounce package of organic prepared Polenta (You will find this non refrigerated in the Italian aisle of most major grocery chains. It comes in a roll that looks like Jimmy Dean sausage)
  • 1 Tsp olive oil
  • More than a dash…maybe a dump of cracked black pepper
  • Basil Sea salt to taste
Basil Sea Salt
In mortar and pestle pulverize 1 tsp sea salt and 2Tbsp chopped fresh basil. This will make more than you may need so save it to dress up your next dish.

Make It Happen
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Unwrap roll of polenta. Cut in half then cut halves in half. Cut into slices that look like fries.
  3. Put in a bowl and toss very lightly with oil and spices. You will break a few and that is okay.
  4. Put in single layer on baking sheet and add a smidge more salt and pepper if you would like.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes then flip for maximum beauty and browning.
  6. Cook for 6-8 more minutes or desired doneness.
  7. Put on a paper towel or brown paper bag to absorb some of the residual oil.
  8. Serve with marinara sauce for deafening applause from your fans.

This dish made us go wild. We were the opposite of speechless…talking about it like it was a national, cataclysmic event. Good for you fries that are so creamy inside with a deeply satisfying crunch that are a cinch to whip up. They were delicious and it made me happy to enjoy them. Yum.

Compassionate consumption that is easy peasy for a any day of the week. Have a delicious day.

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Sherry is on a mission to inspire others to join in her journey to change the world, one meal at a time. As a long time vegetarian and vegan newbie, Sherry launched a compassionate living blog Exploits of a Vegan Wannabe where she welcomes meat-a-tarians, vegans and anyone interested in creating change with their choices and voices.

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