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Baked Polenta Manchego Fries (GF) - A Dash of Megnut

Baked Polenta Manchego Fries

Baked polenta manchego fries with marinara sauce are the ultimate appetizer recipe! If you want a change up from the traditional potato french fries, then this gluten-free recipe is for you!
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Megan


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup instant polenta (I used Colavita)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/2 cup manchego cheese (shredded)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce (for serving)


  • Bring water to boil in a high sided pot. Slowly add polenta to the pot and stir constantly until the polenta and water are mixed. Lower the heat to medium-low.
  • Add salt and ground thyme to the pot. Stir frequently for about 5 minutes, or until polenta starts pulling away from the pot.
  • Stir in the manchego cheese until melted.
  • Pour into a 8x8 inch baking dish (sprayed with cooking spray), spread with a wet or oil covered spatula, and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
  • Once the polenta has cooled and set, cut into 4 inch x 1/2 inch rectangles.
  • Preheat oven to 450F. Brush or toss the polenta fries with oil. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, turning once, until golden and crisp. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 105mg | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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