Healthier Version Of A Classic Recipe

Polenta Fries

with Carrots and Radicchio
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Polenta Fries

Polenta Fries - Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside: Golden vegetable fries make a delicious side dish

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Health Score:
9,3 / 10
40 min.
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Nutritional values

One portion of these fries provides 300 percent of your daily requirement of carotenoids, powerful plant pigments which help protect the body's cells against free radical damage and also support healthy vision and skin. 

If you can't find radicchio at your local store or are looking for a less sharp taste, substitute it for arugula. 

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie349 kcal(17 %)
Protein12 g(12 %)
Fat12 g(10 %)
Carbohydrates46 g(31 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage11 g(37 %)
Vitamin A2.6 mg(325 %)
Vitamin D0.9 μg(5 %)
Vitamin E4.4 mg(37 %)
Vitamin B₁0.2 mg(20 %)
Vitamin B₂0.2 mg(18 %)
Niacin3.9 mg(33 %)
Vitamin B₆0.3 mg(21 %)
Folate49 μg(16 %)
Pantothenic acid1.2 mg(20 %)
Biotin19.7 μg(44 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0.6 μg(20 %)
Vitamin C14 mg(15 %)
Potassium470 mg(12 %)
Calcium135 mg(14 %)
Magnesium57 mg(19 %)
Iron5.3 mg(35 %)
Iodine33 μg(17 %)
Zinc1.8 mg(23 %)
Saturated fatty acids2 g
Uric acid55 mg
Cholesterol119 mg
Development of this recipe:


2 garlic cloves
24 ounces Vegetable broth
7 ounces Cornmeal
3 tablespoons ground almonds
2 eggs
8 carrots
2 large onions
5 teaspoons olive oil
4 Juniper berries
½ Radicchio
4 stalks Chervil
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Kitchen utensils

1 Cutting board, 1 Small knife, 1 Measuring cups, 2 Pots (with lid), 1 Wooden spoon, 1 Baking sheet, 1 Parchment paper, 1 Rubber spatula, 1 Peeler, 1 Teaspoon, 1 large Skillet, 1 Slotted spatula, 1 Garlic press, 1 Whisk

Preparation steps

Polenta Fries preparation step 1

Peel 1 garlic clove and pass through a garlic press into a pot with 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.

Polenta Fries preparation step 2

Gradually add cornmeal and ground almonds, stirring constantly. Return to a boil (be careful, as cornmeal may splatter). Cook over low heat until mixture thickens, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

Polenta Fries preparation step 3

Whisk in eggs and season with salt and pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the polenta with a rubber spatula on top. Allow to cool.

Polenta Fries preparation step 4

Meanwhile, peel and cut carrots into matchsticks, approximately 2 inches long. Peel and slice onions into strips. Peel and chop remaining garlic finely.

Polenta Fries preparation step 5

Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in another pot. Sauté carrots, onions and garlic until onions are translucent. Pour in remaining vegetable broth and the juniper berries. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat until carrots are tender, 10-12 minutes.

Polenta Fries preparation step 6

Meanwhile, rinse the radicchio, drain and cut into fine shreds. Rinse chervil and shake dry. Tear into small sprigs. 

Polenta Fries preparation step 7

Cut polenta into 12 strips of 1-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.

Polenta Fries preparation step 8

Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Fry 6 polenta strips at a time until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining oil and polenta

Polenta Fries preparation step 9

Toss radicchio and half of the chervil with the vegetable mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Serve alongside the polenta and garnish with remaining chervil.