Polenta is one of those foods I always buy and then forget to use. It gets pushed to the back of my pantry, only to resurface months later when there are only two days left until it expires.
Sometimes, I make a polenta casserole. Other times, polenta pancakes. This time, it was go big or go home.
It was time to fry.
I don't fry food very often but I found this recipe in a Giada cookbook (of course) and couldn't think of a better way to use my polenta. It is pretty simple, but makes a mess. I got oil everywhere.
Luckily, it wasn't anything my sponge and I couldn't handle!
1 tube of prepared polenta
1/2 cup olive oil
Pour the oil into a cast iron skillet and put on medium heat.
With a vegetable peeler, peel the outer layer of the polenta. Next, cut in half and then chop into rectangle sticks.
Add the polenta to the pan. Beware of splatter! Cook each side for 3 minutes. Again, when turning beware of splatter. I got a few war injuries will making this...
Remove to a plate covered wit paper towels. If you are like me and lack basic necessities like p. towels, a coffee filter works just fine ;) Finish it off with a sprinkle of parmesan! For dipping sauces, you could really do anything. I did barbecue sauce (my fridge is a bit lacking right now) but marinara sauce would probably be the best.