Mamaliga is a national Romanian food, but you may find it with Turkish, Italian, Hungarian and other cuisines for sure, also known around as ‘polenta’.
This recipe comes from my Turkish roots. I remember sleeping over at grandma’s house, and those mornings waking up to find freshly made warm mamaliga on the table covered in sizzling butter and salty, tangy crumbled Feta (brinza) cheese… –ohhhh… just perfect!
For the Mamaliga
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1 teaspoons salt
4 cups cold water
For the toppings
2 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp sour cream
1cup Feta cheese -crumbs
½ tomato- finely chopped
Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a pot, add salt.
Add the cornmeal to the boiling water, stirring constantly, bring it to boil again, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Turn off. With the spoon kind of divide the mixture in to three equal parts.
To platter or casserole dish add 1/3 of the cooked cornmeal, spread
Add ½ Tbsp. melted butter, spread over the cornmeal layer
Add 1 Tbsp. Feta cheese, spread over the butter
Repeat previous tree steps two more times
Top with tomatoes and sour cream.