Parmesan Polenta Fries & Chipotle Nut Dip

I’d need to say that of all of the meals on the market, deep-fried meals actually have by no means been my factor. It’s no secret that I all the time gravitate in the direction of clear meals versus, properly, the choice (and this isn’t to say I deem the meals I don’t favor to eat as unclean).

As a teenager, I by no means actually favored lots of the extra standard widespread meals, and made many an earnest try to slot in with my friends – most notably plenty of failed makes an attempt to eat meat. These have been all the time a large catastrophe, as inevitably I would want to discover a serviette or an appropriate vessel to spit out my mouthful when my throat violently closed up on me, demanding solutions as to what I had simply requested it to do. Swallow a chunk of turkey? It simply was not going to occur. Actually. My mother took to calling me a ‘karmic vegetarian’, as if I didn’t already stand out sufficient, however oh properly. It may have been worse I suppose 😉

Since I actually simply wasn’t destined to devour the stuff, I’d say by about grade 4 I made a decision to surrender on my desires of being similar to everybody else. I accepted that I used to be simply naturally totally different and so it has been for without end and a day (and I don’t choose people who aren’t like me, as a result of that may simply be, properly, foolish).


Immediately’s recipe is a testomony to how re-makes of classics are generally higher than what we already know, and whereas I do love potatoes, I’d take this model of a ‘fry’ in a heartbeat over the heavy, oil laden potatoes so many people devour. Mixed with this dip, impressed by this potato salad, that is nearly essentially the most darned scrumptious deal with I’ve tasted shortly. And one trace: the entire thing is loopy simple.

 Parmesan Polenta Fries:
~ Tailored from Epicurious

(3 1/4) cups chilly water
(1) cup coarse polenta
(3/4) tsp salt
(1/2) cup grated Parmesan (I used our good home model, nothing too high-end, however not Kraft)
2 tablespoons butter or coconut butter
olive oil for brushing

Brush an 8-inch sq. baking dish with oil. Mix water, polenta, and three/4 teaspoon salt in a heavy medium saucepan and produce to a boil over medium warmth, whisking. As soon as the polenta boils, cut back warmth to medium-low and cook dinner, stirring right here and there with a picket spoon till thick, about 15-20 minutes, guaranteeing the warmth is low sufficient that it doesn’t stick or burn to the underside.

Stir in cheese and butter till included, then switch polenta to the baking dish, spreading evenly with a dampened rubber spatula. Chill, uncovered, till set, about 45 minutes. This may be executed properly prematurely, even as much as a day (which is what I did), simply cowl it in foil after it’s cooled and it is going to be good for days. To cook dinner, warmth the oven broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush (very flippantly) with oil, or you are able to do this with out the foil.

Take away the polenta from the pan, and place on a piece floor. With a pointy knife, minimize into one-inch sticks (I received about 22 fries). Place the fries oil aspect down on the oiled pan or foil, and brush the tops with oil and area evenly on the baking sheet. Broil about 4 inches from warmth till golden, 15 to twenty minutes. Flip over fastidiously and broil an additional 5 minutes on the opposite aspect till crispy and golden. Take away from the oven and let cool a bit.

Chipotle Nut Dip:
~ Impressed by Luminous Vegans

(1/2) cup uncooked macadamia nuts (or complete cashews)
(1) tbs olive oil
(2- 3) tbs lime juice
(2) canned complete chipotle peppers
(1/2) tsp salt
(1/4) cup water
finely chopped cilantro for garnish (non-compulsory)

Mix all substances in a blender and mix till creamy, tasting to regulate the lime juice (I prefer it on the tart aspect).  I occur to be sitting on a 5 pound bag of macadamia nuts that I purchased in Hawaii, and had been eager to attempt them in a nut dip for a while. I’d say it far exceeded my expectations (I am keen on mac nuts). For individuals who want to use cashews, the end result will probably be simply as scrumptious, simply not as wealthy and creamy (however very very shut). Serve in a bowl garnished with cilantro for color if desired.