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Herb and Feta Polenta Fries with Smoky Tomato Dip

Delicious Herb and Feta Polenta Fries with Smoky Tomato Yogurt Dip is a great side dish for family meals. Packed with flavour and then baked for a healthy polenta dish. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy polenta recipe, polenta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
chilling time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Calories 1 kcal
Author Samantha


Polenta Fries:

  • 3 3/4 cups (930 ml) water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup polenta (also known as ground corn meal, not quick cooking)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs such as basil leaves, oregano leave, and/or rosemary
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for brushing

Smoky Tomato Yogurt Dip:

  • 3/4 cup thick Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp smoked hot paprika (or smoked sweet paprika)
  • 1/2 tsp finely minced garlic (about 1/2 garlic clove)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp kosher salt


  1. Bring water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add salt. Slowly and carefully whisk in polenta into water until fully incorporated. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to whisk until polenta becomes very thick, about 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in butter, parmesan and black pepper. Mix well.

  3. Add feta and basil, stir until just mixed in.

  4. Transfer polenta to a greased 9" x13" and chill until cold throughout (let cool to room temperature and then chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes).

  5. Preheat boiler to high.

  6. Flip chilled polenta out onto a cutting board and moving across the long edge of the polenta, slice into 1/2" wide pieces. Cut 1/2" pieces in half.

  7. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with olive oil. (Do not crowd baking sheet as the fries will steam versus toast. Use 2 baking sheets if necessary).

  8. Place rack 6-8" away from broiler and broil for 10-15 minutes, rotating once halfway.

  9. Remove from oven and serve with dip.

Smoky Tomato Yogurt Dip:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together yogurt, tomato paste, paprika, and garlic. Season to taste with salt.

Nutrition Facts
Herb and Feta Polenta Fries with Smoky Tomato Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.