Crisp Polenta Squares

Polenta is made from cornmeal that has been cooked until soft. When chilled, sliced, and fried, it becomes a crisp and delectable snack.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 35 minutesTotal: 4 hours 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1⁄2 cup olive oil


  • In large saucepan, combine water, broth, garlic, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Stir in cornmeal; cook and stir over low heat until very thick, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Pour mixture into oiled baking dish; spread about 1⁄2 inch thick. Cover and chill 4 hours.
  • When ready to eat, cut into 2-inch squares. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat until about 375°F. Fry polenta squares, a few at a time, until very crisp. Drain on paper towels. Serve with any spicy salsa or dip.