Need a healthy crunch to get you through the afternoon slump? These Polenta Chips are one of the latest additions to the 28 menu, and trust me once you're friends and family try these, they'll soon become the most requested. Try my new Polenta Chips with Olive Tapenade.
Prep Time: 12 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 32 mins
Serves: 8
Course: Appetizer or Entrée, Snack
Cuisine: French
Dietary Requirements: Gluten Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian


  • 250 g polenta instant
  • 100 g cheddar cheese
  • 1 litre vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary dried or fresh
  • salt & pepper to taste

Ingredients for Tapenade:

  • 1.5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup green olives
  • 1 tablespoon baby capers optional
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt to taste


  • Preheat oven to 200ºC fan forced and bring stock to the boil with bay leaf and rosemary.
  • Remove bay leaf and rosemary.
  • Gradually rain polenta into boiling stock in a steady stream, whisking fast as it goes in.
  • Keep whisking rapidly until polenta starts to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and mix through cheese.
  • Season to taste.
  • Press polenta into a non stick tray, cover with film and fridge set for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the tapenade in a blender with 1 tbsp olive oil, olives, capers, garlic and 2 tbsp water. Blitz to a well combined paste.
  • Once polenta is firm and set, turn out onto a chopping board and cut into thick, baton chips
  • Brush with remaining olive oil, place on a lined baking tray and bake for 20 minutes, until golden.
  • Mix additional rosemary with salt flakes. Sprinkle over chips and serve with tapenade.
Nutrition Facts
Polenta Chips with Green Olive Tapenade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 369mg16%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 266IU5%
Vitamin B3 1mg5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.