Mujdei De Usturoi---Romanian Garlic Sauce

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by Transylmania

This is a really easy one. In Romania this is most commonly eaten with fish or grilled pork or chicken. It is GREAT with many things though (french fries, pizza etc.) This is a slightly more complicated version that is more common in Transylvania. In the south the ingredients are usually just garlic, salt, and water. A mortar and pestle are most traditional but you can also use a garlic press or very finely mince the garlic as well.

Top Review by Callu

I am going to give this 5 stars even though in romania the mujdei and smintina (sour cream) are served separately. Mujdei is the ultimate garlic sauce and my very not-romanian husband LOVES it. We spoon it over polenta or mashed potatoes as well as meat and fish. It is so garlicky it is spicy. I do occasionally add flat leaf parsley to it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the cloves of garlic in a mortar with the salt and crush into they are a paste. (You can also crush them in a press or mince very finely and then add the salt later).
  2. Put the garlic in a small bowl and add the oil. Beat with a fork until it is very well mixed and somewhat fluffy. This should take about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the sour cream and plenty of black pepper. Mix well.
  4. Serve with grilled meat or fish, french fries or baked potatoes, pizza -- .

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