cheesy polenta fries

polenta fries

cheesy polenta fries

Welcome back to Sandtondiet and to this week’s cheesy polenta fries recipe. These cheesy polenta fries are a really fun alternative as the carbohydrate component of a meal. My family absolutely loved them!

I don’t know about you but I sometimes get really bored of making the same old thing all the time. Well these cheesy polenta chips are certainly not the same old thing.

If you aren’t sure what polenta is, it’s the Italian version of mealie pap (South Africa) or grits (USA). It’s a very versatile corn based product that can be used as an accompaniment for many meals.

Polenta is also very easy to make. It’s 1/2 a cup polenta and two cups of water which are simmered on the stove for 10 minutes. To make these cheesy polenta fries I added stock powder and cheese to the basic recipe to give the chips a bit of oomph.

Just a note… These are best eaten straight out of the oven with a tangy tomato dipping sauce. Don’t panic, the dipping sauce can be bought. I bought a basic tomato pasta sauce to dip into.

If you aren’t quite ready for polenta but need some other side dish ideas then look no further. This Tumeric and cashew spiced rice is a great addition to many meals. My kids absolutely love it! You could also always opt for a potato side dish. These The best slow cooker potatoes or these Gourmet stuffed potatoes are both absolutely delicious.

One of my favourite healthy food bloggers is The Mediterranean Dish. She has lots of delicious and healthy side dishes to choose from – This Greek spinach rice from A Family Feast also looks like a beautifully healthy side dish –

I hope that you enjoy today’s cheesy polenta fries recipe. Go ahead and try out these cheesy polenta chips. It’s always good to try new things! Until next time, Leanne xoxo


The most insanely addictive polenta fries


2 cups water
1/2 cup polenta
1 Tbsp stock powder (vegetable or chicken stock powder will work)
1/4 – 1/2 cup Grated white cheese




  1. Combine the water, stock powder and polenta in a pot
    2. Place the pot onto the stove and bring it up to the boil
    3. Simmer the polenta on a low heat for 10 minutes (simmer the polenta   on a low heat or it ‘spits’ all over the place)
    4. Once the polenta is cooked add the grated cheese and mix well
    5. Pour the polenta into a square baking dish that has been lined with baking paper
    6. Allow the polenta to fully cool down
    7. Once cooled, remove the polenta from the dish and begin slicing the polenta into strips resembling chips or French fries
    8. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the polenta strips onto the baking tray, making sure to leave spaces, between the strips
    9. Bake the fries at 230C for 35 minutes, turning twice during cooking


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