Mamaliga (Polenta) with Feta Cheese and Sour Cream

Mamaliga with cheese Main

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!

Servings: 6
Recipe ingredients:
For the Mamaliga
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1 teaspoons salt
4 cups cold water
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For the toppings
2 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp sour cream
1cup Feta cheese -crumbs
½ tomato- finely chopped
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Recipe directions:

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.

Enjoy!!!

Mamaliga (Polenta) with Feta Cheese and Sour Cream

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Mamaliga (Polenta) with Feta Cheese and Sour Cream

Ingredients

  • For the Mamaliga
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups cold water
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  • For the toppings
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1cup Feta cheese -crumbs
  • ½ tomato- finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a pot, add salt.
  2. 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.
  3. To platter or casserole dish add 1/3 of the cooked cornmeal, spread
  4. Add ½ Tbsp. melted butter, spread over the cornmeal layer
  5. Add 1 Tbsp. Feta cheese, spread over the butter
  6. Repeat previous tree steps two more times
  7. Top with tomatoes and sour cream.
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  1. Marina Momotok says:

    Hi Inessa, I come from Moldova so this was a popular dish in my parents household while growing up, my mom still makes it, we eat it with fried fish, scrambled eggs, feta cheese, and garlic squished in water with salt, fried potatoes work great with this too, great post :) reminds me of my childhood!!

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