Romanian Mămăliga Baked

It is the national dish of Romania and used to be considered a peasant food however today you will find it on nearly every menu in the finest establishments. It goes beautifully with soups and stews.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Romania
Keyword: feta cheese, sour cream
Servings: 8
Calories: 341kcal


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


  • Bring the water and salt to a rapid boil in a large pot.
  • Turn heat down to simmer and slowly pour in the cornmeal.
  • Stir constantly for about 20 minutes until you notice the Mamaliga breaks away easily from the side of the pot.
  • The cooked Mamaliga should be thick enough to stay on a plate by itself.
  • 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.

For the Baked Mamaliga:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Put half of the porridge into a 7 x 9 greased glass pan.
  • Pour ½ of the melted butter on top.
  • Whisk together the 4 eggs and the shredded feta cheese.
  • Pour over the bottom half, making a layer of egg and cheese in the Mamaliga.
  • Spread the rest of the Mamaliga on top.
  • Pour the remaining melted butter over that.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the top becomes lightly browned.
  • Cut in pieces and serve with sour cream on top.


Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 620mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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