Sweet-and-Fiery Polenta Fries

Chili powder and cayenne pepper dusted on these easy "fries" made from purchased cooked polenta, gives this recipe a double dose of heat.

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Makes:
2 servings
Start to Finish:
22 mins
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Sweet-and-Fiery Polenta Fries

Ingredients
1
teaspoon sugar
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground cumin
1/4
teaspoon chili powder
 
Dash cayenne pepper
1/2
16 ounce tube refrigerated cooked polenta (cut crosswise)
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4
cup canola oil
2
tablespoons finely chopped red sweet pepper
1
tablespoon chopped fresh basil or fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

Directions

  1. In large bowl combine sugar, salt, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper; set aside.
  2. Cut polenta lengthwise in 6 thin slices; cut each slice lengthwise in 4 strips. In medium bowl toss strips with flour to coat.
  3. In large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Shake excess flour off polenta strips; add to hot oil. Cook strips, turning occasionally, for 7 to 8 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Place fries in bowl with sugar mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with sweet pepper and basil. Serve immediately or keep warm on baking sheet in 325 degree F oven up to 20 minutes. Makes 2 to 4 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

TEST KITCHEN TIP:

To reheat any leftovers, place fries in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, in 350 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until hot.

Nutrition Facts

(Sweet-and-Fiery Polenta Fries)
    Per serving:
  • 160 kcal cal.,
  • 10 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat,
  • 367 mg sodium,
  • 15 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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