Thanks for joining Sarah and me for Meatless Monday today. Busy race weekend around here for this mother runner so I’ve got an easy fun twist on a summer favorite for you today. Everyone seems to be into the “Everything Bagel” spices from Trader Joe’s lately and I set out to see what the hype was all about. You can’t really do summer without some fries right? But fries don’t have to be limited to potatoes do they? I love to make Baked Polenta Fries for a fun change. I took these two flavors and combined them to come up with these amazingly delicious Everything Bagel Spiced Polenta Fries.
Everything Bagel Spiced Polenta Fries
Being an “everything bagel” fan, I was excited to try out this spice blend. I do have a Trader Joes close by but was too lazy to trek over there. Thanks to Amazon Prime I didn’t have to. You could make your own blend by simply combining sesame seeds, sea salt, garlic powder, onion, poppy seeds and black sesame seeds. I figured by the time I bought all of those, it was easier to just grab a bottle already pre mixed. I will be using this on all sorts of things from now on yum!
Why Polenta? Don’t get me wrong, I do love regular french fries but plain old potatoes and sweet potatoes can get kind of boring. Polenta is made from ground cornmeal so is naturally gluten free. It has about half the calories of rice or pasta while providing the benefits of a carb to your diet. The texture makes it a perfect vehicle to absorb tastes and flavors it’s combined with. It goes especially well with tomato sauces. I make this Polenta Eggplant dish often and it’s one of my faves.
If you purchase the Polenta precooked, all you have to do is slice it up into french fry sticks and add the Everything Bagel spice. You pop them in the oven for about 45 minutes and voila you have some amazing crispy tasting Everything Bagel Spiced Polenta fries full of flavor and texture.
- 1 package of Polenta
- 1 oz of Everything bagel spice blend
- Olive Oil for coating
- Preheat oven to 425
- Coat baking pan with olive oil
- Cut Polenta into fry shaped strips
- Coat fries w olive oil
- Sprinkle on Everything Bagel Spice onto both sides of fries
- Bake for 45 m until crispy
- turning every 15 min
That’s my super easy Everything Bagel Spiced Polenta Fries. I think they are best serves with some warmed Marinara sauce or spicy ketchup. Hope you enjoy! What are cooking up this weekend?