Bring water, cream, garlic, salt and pepper to a boil in a medium saucepan; slowly whisk in cornmeal. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture begins to thicken, then stir in cheese. Cook and stir vigorously for about 5 minutes more or until mixture is as thick as bread dough.
Spread 1/2-inch thick on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut into 1/2-inch strips resembling French fries.
Heat oil to 325°F in a large deep pan. Carefully cook fries in hot oil until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.