Easy crunchy spicy baked Polenta Crackers

This has to be one of the easiest recipes one can invent..

I used to enjoy nachos and potatoe chips (crisps in some parts of the world) but with all the salt and fat in these packaged goodies, I definitely had to stop..

So I’ve come up with ideas of crackers and chips with would have the crunch, the taste I feel like having at a very specific time and most of all without the guilt of munching on them.

A few homemade polenta crackers
A few homemade polenta crackers. Credit @Nada Kiffa

So, of course, I started making crunchy nibbles with pita bread or tortillas, I season it the way I want: olive oil with garlic, chili, thyme, salt and freshly crushed pepper and I brush the whole thing and finally bake it and break it into pieces.

Recently, I got inspired from our National Harcha (a semoulina galette, I miss it a lot), having in mind the Swedish crackers which I see a lot in Ikea but which I have also made a while back (recipe from Charles). I was also confident to use polenta because I tried homemade nachos made with a polenta-tortilla and I loved them.

Since I didn’t find any semoulina here yet, I took polenta instead, besides, I like it.

 

So I’ve come up with this healthy recipe of crunchy baked polenta crackers. Again, it’s a recipe that you can adjust to your liking: add your favourite spice mix, seeds. Shape it the way you want.

Ingredients

Serves 4 to 6
Prep: 5 min – Baking: 20 min

  • 1 cup of dry polenta
  • 1 tbsp of flour
  • 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds or as much as you want and any seed you want
  • A good pinch of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of freshly ground peper (or to taste)
  • Chili powder to taste
  • Sweet paprika to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste (or use garlic-infused olive oil)
  • Sage or thyme or oreganon…
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3/4 cup of warm water

 

Preparation

Preheat the oven between 240 and 250 C. Cover a baking sheet with aluminium foil, brushed with oil.

Mix all the dry ingredients.

Cutting the polenta mix directly on the baking tray
Cutting the polenta mix directly on the baking tray. Credit @Nada Kiffa

Add the oil and make a sort of “sablage”, working with your hands to coat/rub the polenta grains with it.

Add the water slowly. You want to make sure that the polenta mix has enough water to form a sort of paste but without flooding it. Set aside for 2 to 5 min.

Flatten the polenta mass as thin as you can (1 mm is the best). Cut through with a knife and bake until golden brown from the edges. Knock off the oven, slightly open the oven door to let the steam come out. Let the crackers’ dough dry.

Break to form crackers and store for a couple of days, if you really have something left to store.

Note 

  • If you are reading this from Morocco, just use fine semolina (wheat or corn).
  • You may add seeds to the dough. I added sunflower seeds in these.

Author: Nada

Nada Kiffa is an Expert in Moroccan cooking and her recipes are coming from a lineage of Moroccan home and professional cooks. Cooking classes and posted articles are inspired by her family life in Morocco and elsewhere. You will learn what makes a dish Moroccan before learning how to execute it. You will also learn how to work around recipes and cut corners without missing on the flavour.

8 thoughts

  1. Hi Charles, I just made some more with black sesame seeds and more paprika..It was nice as well.. I overbaked them thought! But they still tasted fine.

  2. Hi Ellen, It's the only way I use polenta..But I also buy things with the expectation to discover their use in the future…Sometimes, they end up expiring before I get to do anything..

  3. I've only had polenta made into blocks and fried before – I saw another polenta recipe recently too, it's really nice to get ideas for things to use it for! This looks fantastic… I love little cracker things… perfect with a nice bit of cheese – thanks for the ideas 🙂

  4. I just bought some polenta yesterday while grocery shopping and said to my husband that I don't even have a clue what I'm going to make with it. He laughed. Just wait till he sees this recipe!

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