Crispy Polenta Fingers With Herbs and Sun-dried Tomatoes
I’m not going to tell you about my year that passed, nor will I tell you about my New Year Resolutions because so many others are already doing it and probably doing it so much better than I could ever do. Plus I’m not so sure I want to expose my life like that to everyone, I never liked to just talk about the positive aspects of my life here because that would create a distorted view of it. The fact that I am living in the Tuscan countryside already sets people’s expectations, it immediately conjures up a rosy hue of a life that just isn’t true, not in my case. Yes, it i a lovely place live in and yes, there are a lot of beauty around me but to be honest, I see a lot of ugly too and everyday life is everyday life, more or less the same all over. That is my reality, there is good and there is bad, my life isn’t much different from yours and that is how it should be. And if you are after lifestyle and (food) bloggers who create that kind of illusion around them, there are many around so feel free to roam that realm because that is not me. I realize that I sound truly grumpy and maybe I am, but these lasts couple of weeks I have been thinking a lot about life on-line and what people show us and want us to see. And about what I show, here and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and that in its turn has led to that although I look, I hardly post anything on those networks. A sudden prudishness hit me and I don’t know if I want to change that. I’m not sure I want to be part of this strange view we give and get of life. I need to think more about what it means to me.
But surprise, surprise, I have a recipe for you! I haven’t posted any finger food for ages, nor have you seen any polenta here for a long time so what do you say about these crispy polenta sticks? I say they are nice, very nice. Well I say that about everything I post here but why would I post something I didn’t think was good? If you don’t have an oven, you can fry the polenta in plenty of oil but baking them in the oven is so much simpler and faster.
CRISPY POLENTA FINGERS WITH HERBS AND SUN-DRIED TOMATOES
400 ml/1,7 cup polenta flour, you can use the quick version if you want
1,2 l/ 5 cups water (or whatever it says on the package)
1 tbs salt
1-2 tbsp freshly chopped mixed herbs
3-4 tbsp finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
5-6 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
extra-virgin olive oil
Pour water in a big pan and when it is tepid, stir in polenta flour, herbs, tomatoes and salt and stir until the polenta has thickened. Add the parmesan cheese and stir well.
Spread out the polenta evenly on an oiled surface or on a parchment baking paper, make it a finger think and try to make it a square because that makes it easier to cut. If it is sticky, oil the knife or whatever you use and it will glide over the polenta like a dream. Leave to cool.
When the polenta is cold, cut it into finger sized sticks and put these on an oiled baking sheet of oven-proof form. Drizzle oil over and bake in a pre-heated oven (225°C/440°F) for 10-15 minutes or until golden and crispy, turning them over at halt-time.