What is Polenta? 

Polenta is ground cornmeal, and is both wheat and gluten free. It is rich in carbohydrates and insoluble fibre. I am a big fan of polenta, in all its bright yellow glory and its soft porridge-like texture. While I normally use polenta as a ‘soaker’ for curries or stews (in place of mashed potatoes), and have previously cooked it into pancakes, I wanted to try something different tonight.


  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Cup Polenta
  • 1/3 Cup Pitted Kalamata Olives, Chopped
  • 2 tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves



1. Grease a 19cm square cake pan. Line base and sides with baking paper. Place stock in a saucepan over high heat. Cover. Bring to the boil. Add polenta. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 6 minutes or until polenta is thick. Stir in olives and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Smooth top. Cover. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

3. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Remove polenta from pan. Cut in half to form 2 rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 2cm-thick chips. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning halfway during cooking, or until golden and heated through.

Serve with grilled fish or barbequed chicken.




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I'm a 30-something Aussie mother of one - who loves all things cooking, baking, fitness and photos. By day, I work in an office, but by night I love to spend time in the kitchen cooking delicious bites to share with my husband, family and friends. I started this blog as a way to share my adventures in the kitchen, in fitness and in life.

Lisa has a love for fitness and healthy food and has completed a half ironman, 3 half marathons, triathlons, and various other bike races. Her blog can be found at: http://www.bakebikeblog.com

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