Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Polenta Fries

Welcome to June, TIV friends!

Now that BBQ season is once again upon us, I rarely feel like turning on the oven.

Unless, of course, it's to make a side dish to accompany whatever main is in the works on the backyard grill.

Today I bring you an alternative to the all-American favourite summer combo: hot dog and fries. This here is the hot dog and polenta fries combo (and a little bit of asparagus, for good measure).

The first time I had polenta fries it was at this restaurant that we used to frequent as omnis called Salute in uptown Waterloo. It has long since closed, but I often find myself thinking of that polenta fries appetizer that I had at Salute on my 23rd birthday.

Awhile back my mom bought me a bunch of prepared polenta tubes in various flavours, like this one... it was the perfect time to try making them myself.

Making fries out of polenta is pretty self-explanatory. You peel the coating off the prepared polenta tube and then cut it into fry-like strips, like so:

Then, you mix in your favourite spices. I like chipotle chili powder myself, but this time around I followed this recipe from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan and used rosemary instead. Mix together with a little bit of oil and a little bit of cornmeal and toss in the oven at 450F for 20 minutes to a half hour, just long enough to get those pinto bean hot dogs or portobello burgers going on the grill.

You can also take a tip from that old restaurant we used to go to and serve it on its own, with a dipping sauce. Dreena Burton suggests her Smoky Avocado sauce, which I am known to smother burritos in from time to time. A nice vegan garlic aioli would be awesome too!

P.S. Judging from the photos on this post and my pinto bean hot dog post, you'd think I'd never used a ketchup bottle before. It never fails, whenever I'm taking blog photos the ketchup bottle decides to explode all over the damn place. No big deal..who doesn't love extra ketchup?!


JL goes Vegan said...

I'm obsessed with Candle 79's polenta fries -- didn't occur to me to just buy some polenta and make them myself! LOL These look great!

spécialiste de l'éphémère said...

I tried "oven polenta fries" a few weeks ago. I loved! said...

Yum, that all looks great. I'd like to try polenta fries, I'll have to make some soon.

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