Best Dennys Italian Menu Seller

Dennys Italian best menu seller – Polenta Chips  “Tristan, we would like you to write a blog for our Dennys website on a best-selling menu item?” “Sure thing Richard, I’d love too” Well, that’s sort of the way it went…. So while trying to narrow down the hundreds of ideas I had, I thought “What actually… Read more »

Dennys Italian best menu seller – Polenta Chips 

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“Tristan, we would like you to write a blog for our Dennys website on a best-selling menu item?”

“Sure thing Richard, I’d love too”

Well, that’s sort of the way it went….

So while trying to narrow down the hundreds of ideas I had, I thought “What actually is one of our best-selling menu items on both the Dennys lunch and dinner menus?”

The answer to that is forever changing due to the huge variety of menu items that Dennys offer but looking back, in the middle of winter, almost every table (so it seems) ordered a side of the Dennys Polenta Chips.

The history of polenta dates back hundreds of years and seems to have originated in the north of Italy as a staple for the lower social class people/peasants. The name ‘polenta’ was originally given for any hulled and crushed grain like farro, spelt, chickpeas to the texture of ‘pollen’. It wasn’t until the introduction of corn in the 16th century that brought it to what we now know it as today…. Polenta!

Such a versatile ingredient, mainly as an accompaniment to any meat or fish dish to compliment the richness and to soak up those amazing juices as a delicious vegetarian option with mushrooms and tallegio cheese, or even as a dessert

Here at Dennys we love our Polenta Chips so much that as we are making them several times during the week, us Dennys’ chefs always take the off cuts and fry them up for our “after service snack”. We love to add finely chopped herbs and plenty of parmesan cheese during the cooking to accompany our aioli just perfectly.

So now that you too are hanging out for some, here is our very own Dennys recipe for you to have a go at home.

Don’t forget you can always come to visit Dennys Italian for the real deal….

Ingredients

1.2lt water

20g sea salt flakes

3 drops of Tabasco

5g ground pepper

200g fine polenta

80g grated Parmesan cheese

20g of finely chopped herbs, rosemary, sage and thyme

Method

In a large pot, bring the water to a boil, add salt, pepper and tabasco then slowly pour in the polenta while continually stirring so no lumps can form.

After a minute or two the polenta will be very thick. Reduce the heat and stir through the Parmesan cheese and chopped herbs.

Check the seasoning and if it tastes great you are ready to then carefully pour it onto a lined tray. Keeping in mind it is extremely hot.

Spread out to approximately 2 cm thick and then transfer to the fridge to cool.

Once set, slice it into 2 cm wide and lengths of 8 cm.

Gently coat in some semolina and then fry in hot oil for approximately four minutes.

Allow to drain and then serve.

You’re not getting our famous Dennys aioli recipe… just yet….

Until next time…

Tristan, a Dennys whiz in the kitchen!