This is a simple yet delicious recipe that I have put together for you to use as a base. If you wish, you can serve this up once cooked as a mash (which is great comfort food!) However, below I have taken it to the next level which is setting the cooked polenta in the fridge and then baking it until golden and crisp like a chunky wedge or chip. There are many ways you can serve baked polenta!
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4 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 ½ cups polenta (or medium ground cornmeal)
½ cup soy milk (or other milk alternative)
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp dried Italian mixed herbs
3 – 4 Tbsp olive oil
1. Bring the water to the boil and add the salt.
2. Once boiling, reduce to a medium heat and slowly whisk in the polenta or cornmeal, stirring constantly to avoid any lumps forming.
3. Once well mixed, slowly add the soy (or other) milk, the nutritional yeast and mixed herbs and stir until the liquid absorbs and the polenta
thickens to a mash-like consistency. This could take 5-15 minutes depending on the variety of polenta.
4. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired.
5. At this point, you could serve the polenta in a mash style as an accompaniment – it is really tasty and creamy!
6. To make the polenta fries below or polenta triangles or squares, transfer the thick mixture into a 9 inch x 12 inch (23cm x 30cm) baking
dish lined with baking paper. Spread it out evenly. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour or until firm. Once firm, cut into the
desired shape – squares, triangles, chip chunks or even heart shapes with a cookie cutter!
7. Pre-heat your oven to 180C and lay your shapes onto an oven tray lines with baking paper.
8. Brush them with olive oil on both sides and bake for 30 minutes or until golden turning over half way through cooking.
Serve immediately as a snack, as nibbles with salsa or pesto, or as a main – drizzled with a tomato sauce or salsa with salad on the side – yum!