Oven Baked Polenta Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

I love polenta, but until now I had only ever eaten it in its simplest form: as a deliciously comforting cheesy cornmeal porridge. As of yesterday, I can happily confirm that it is equally scrumptious when made into crispy oven baked chips. It takes a little bit more time, but the results are absolutely worth it. The outside of these chips becomes wonderfully crispy while the inside stays soft and melty. By way of ketchup, I whipped up this roasted red pepper salsa. Like so many great things in life, this sweet and smoky sauce  pretty much just happened to me. I was toying around with the idea of serving my chips with strips of marinated red pepper, when I suddenly found myself plugging in my  stick blender and blending those veggies to perfection. As it turned out, that was definitely one of my better impulsive decisions.

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Ingredients (for 2):

for the polenta chips:

125 ml (1/2 cup) polenta

500 ml water (2 cups)

1 stock cube

60 g grated Parmesan cheese

knob of butter

black pepper

salt

for the salsa:

2 red peppers

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped or pressed

salt

black pepper

 

Polenta chips

  • First make the polenta by bringing 500 ml of water to the boil with 1 stock cube (which is usually enough stock for 200-250 ml, which is fine because we don’t want it to get too salty since we’re adding salty cheese later on). When the water has come to a rolling boil, add the polenta while stirring with a wooden spoon. Keep stirring until the polenta is thick and smooth.
  • Take the pan off the heat and stir butter, cheese and black pepper through it. Taste for salt and adjust according to your liking.
  • Line an oven dish or tray with plastic foil and turn out the polenta in it. Smooth it with a spatula or the back of a spoon until you have a 1cm thick square or rectangular layer.
  • Cover with another layer of plastic foil and leave to cool. Once cooled, put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow it to set.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  • Turn out the polenta on a chopping board and cut it into chips.
  • Transfer the chips to a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Make sure they have enough space because they tend to expand a little and stick to each other when they are in the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes. At this point they will be nice and crispy on the outside and soft and melty on the inside.

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Red Pepper Salsa

  • Roast the red peppers under the grill for 10 minutes per side. Remove the blackened skins, seeds and stalks and chop finely.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth using a (stick) blender or food processor.

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Tip: For a full, balanced meal,  do as I did and serve your chips alongside caramelised fennel, with red onion and capers.

9 thoughts on “Oven Baked Polenta Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

  1. This looks and sounds simply foodgasming ! I haven’t tried the authentic salsa till now…and even the concept of Polenta chips is new to me !
    Thank you for posting 🙂

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  2. hmmm sounds good!!! My friend has already asked me to try to make my own chips! After read this, looks like I have to try it now!

    Please visit and follow my blog (www.lazymomcooking.wordpress.com) or my Instagram (lazymom_cooking) for some recipe ideas 🙂

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