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Spicy Calabrian Pesto Polenta Fries

Spicy Calabrian Pesto Polenta Fries

A real crowd pleaser for all!  These crispy little fingers are great on their own or dunked in any tomato or roasted red pepper based dip.  Kids love em too!  Air fry or bake in the oven, they are ADDICTIVE!  You can even dip them in soups!

Click the image below for a full video tutorial!!


1 c milk or nut milk

1 c chicken or vegetable stock

1 c cornmeal

3 tbsp NOOC Spicy Calabrian Pesto Olive Oil  (1 to mix in and 2 give or take for brushing)

1/2 c freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp sea salt


In a medium saucepan, bring milk and stock to a boil.  Reduce heat to minimum, add cornmeal and whisk until thickened.  Add 1 tbsp Spicy Calabrian Pesto Olive Oil, parmesan cheese and salt and whisk until fully combined.

Transfer into a medium sized, (approx 10"x7") high sided pyrex or porcelain baking pan and use a silicone spatula to smooth the surface and press it down into an even thickness (it should be about 1/2"-3/4" thick all over).  Let cool for 20 mins then cover and refrigerate for a min of 2 hrs.

Loosen around the sides with a silicone spatula until it pops free.  Turn it over onto a cutting board and cut into "fries" that are roughly the same width as the thickness (*check the video above for a great visual!).  Brush the 1/2 the remaining olive oil on the tops, then flip and brush with the rest.  

Air Fry on high in a single layer (not touching each other) for 15 mins, flip and continue to cook for another 10 mins until crispy and browning on the edges.  

*you will need to do this in multiple batches as to not overcrowd the air fryer - you can even refrigerate some uncooked "fries" in a sealed container for up to 3 days for future snacking, they are always best fresh!  Or reheat cooked ones in the toaster oven.

Oven Bake in a 350F preheated oven.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place fries in a single layer (not touching).  Bake for 30 mins, flipping halfway through (until crispy and browning on the edges).

Serve with your favourite dip or soup!  


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