Sunday, April 27, 2014

The French Fry Alternative

It was supposed to rain most of the afternoon, so I got up early this morning and took my bike out for a spin. Yesterday I made the mistake of going for a ride in the afternoon and it was kind of a nightmare. It was ridiculously hot, the park was packed with people and cars, and I only got in 7.44 miles before I decided to call it quits out of misery. Today was a much better experience. It was comfortably cool out and since I left early, I only had to deal with a handful of cars on my favorite route. It was so nice that I ended up riding a good half hour longer than I meant to!

After I got back I studied for a while before lunchtime rolled around. I've developed a bit of an obsession with Trader Joe's organic polenta and I've been looking for new and interesting ways to cook it ever since.  I found a few mentions of polenta fries on the internet and decided to give them a shot this afternoon. After about 40 minutes in a 450 degree oven, my polenta turned into a satisfying french fry alternative that I will probably be making over and over again. They even got crispy enough to dip in ketchup without wilting. That is the hallmark of a good french fry, people.

I also tried making polenta lasagna. I know the picture is incredibly unappetizing, but it was actually really good. I was trying to use up some leftover turkey my mom gave me a few days ago, so I decided to try layering polenta, shredded turkey, tomato sauce, and cheese in a baking dish and cooking it until everything was hot and the cheese melted and browned a little. It kind of fell apart when I transferred it from the baking dish to the bowl, but I promise it looked like lasagna before I decided to move it. The good news is that I didn't miss the lasagna noodles at all. I think this recipe might be a keeper too. Do you like polenta? What are your favorite ways to eat it?

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