This was easy and good. Creamy and cheesy. I scaled it back to 2 servings with no problems (just added an extra 1/3 cup water to keep the cornmeal from cooking down too much and burning in step 4). It made more than enough for the three of us. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much for posting this. I am Romanian and my GM made this all the time. Fond memories.
Hi Toolie, am way overdue in writing my review, please forgive me! I too, stopped at Step 4 - cheddar cheese just doesn't cut it for me! I thought about adding cottage cheese instead or maybe even Guyere, maybe next time. The dish that they make here with corn meal mush is Tamal en Cazuela, that the residents love - so we will continue you playing around with the Romanian version, because those are my roots, too! Thanks again for posting, Diane :=)
A very similar dish is often served in South Africa at barbecues, known locally as "Paptert" (pronounced "puptaert") It may also include bacon, mushrooms or any other savoury ingredients, in addition to the cheese. Popular in the central and northern regions where maize (corn) is grown but not so much in the south or east where maize is not a staple.
Good But I found this to have too much butter. I was going to cut it back and wish I did. I added my Oven-Dried Herbed Tomatoes about 3 chopped tomatoes and some smoked paprika.
Thank you so much!!! This is just how I remember it form when I was little. I stopped after step 4, and just ate with sour cream and feta - delicious :o)
my ex m-i-l was part Roumanian and used to make this, one of the 3 things she cooked that were edible, or at least that i ate. very good, i never got her recipe, by the way what is sarmale?
VERY good!! I made this with Sarmale & it turned out great. I enjoyed it more than my husband who is romanian :)
I used to date a romanian and my favorite dish was Mamaliga and sarmale (not sure of spelling). Sometimes when i get sentimental i make mamaliga and top it with cottage cheese or feta. These are just 2 variations on this dish! Thanks for posting!!