Dinner,  Main Course,  Romania,  Side Dishes,  Vegetarian Dishes

Polenta (Mamaliga)

I grew up eating polenta and I never had enough of it. Part of our family tradition was that every Sunday morning we would eat polenta with feta cheese, eggs, country fries, and a tomato sausage sauce. I know it doesn’t sound like breakfast but I would eat this every morning.

In Romania polenta (mamaliga) is often used as a substitute for bread. I personally like it warm and mixed with cheese, but many people also eat it cold.

For a vegetarian option you can pair the polenta with a tomato onion sauce and serve with pickles. Simply Delicious!



  • 1.5 cups corn grits (polenta)
  • 4 cups water


  • Boil 4 cups of water
  • Add 1 teaspoons of salt
  • Add 1.5 cups of corn meal
  • Keep stirring
  • Cooking time will depend on the type of corn meal you use; however, once it looks more compact it means it is cooked
  • Once it’s cooked, you mix it with cheese, butter and sour cream or eat it with a meat/sausage dish


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