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Romanian Mamaliga

Romanian Mămăliga Baked (Polenta)

The national dish of Romania is a  lovely side.  Be sure to serve it with a  dollop of sour cream.  It goes perfectly with any stew or soup.

Course Bread
Cuisine Romanian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 341 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine



  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups ground coarse cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • ½ cup shredded feta cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream



  1. Bring the water and salt to a rapid boil in a large pot.
  2. Turn heat down to simmer and slowly pour in the cornmeal.
  3. Stir constantly for about 20 minutes until you notice the Mamaliga breaks away easily from the side of the pot.
  4. The cooked Mamaliga should be thick enough to stay on a plate by itself.
  5. It could be served just like this, cut into slices with a string. It would be served with sour cream, and feta cheese sometime even a fried egg on top.
  6. For the Baked Mamaliga:
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Put half of the porridge into a 7 x 9 greased glass pan.
  9. Pour ½ of the melted butter on top.
  10. Whisk together the 4 eggs and the shredded feta cheese.
  11. Pour over the bottom half, making a layer of egg and cheese in the Mamaliga.
  12. Spread the rest of the Mamaliga on top.
  13. Pour the remaining melted butter over that.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top becomes lightly browned.
  15. Cut in pieces and serve with sour cream on top.
Nutrition Facts
Romanian Mămăliga Baked (Polenta)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 620mg27%
Potassium 205mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.