I've recently discovered Polenta and to my surprise I liked it more than I thought I would. I remember always seeing the tubes of it in the grocery store and for some reason I always thought it was some kind of processed cheese, like Cheeze Whiz or something. I'm not sure what made me buy it the first time a few weeks ago but I'm glad I did.
I poked around on the internet to learn more about it and found out that Polenta has been around since ancient Roman times and used to be considered peasant food. Whoops, I thought it was a Mexican dish! So here I am soaking black beans all day today to have with the Polenta and I'm all wrong. Anyways, I cut the Polenta into sticks, brushed on some olive oil and then sprinkled them with salt & pepper. Baked at 450 until they tuned golden brown and voila, instead of French Fries, we have..ahem..Italian Fries?