Romania recipe (Cornmeal with sour cream & cheese)
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Mamaliga Cu Branza (Cornmeal with cheese and sour cream)
For the Mamaliga
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
5 1/2 cups cold water
For the cheese
1/4 lb butter
1/2 pint sour cream
3/4 lb cheddar cheese, cheese, grated. (medium or old, your choice)
To prepare the Mamaliga, mix the cornmeal,and salt together with 1 1/2 c cold water and set it aside to soften.
Bring 4 cups water to a hard boil.
Add the cornmeal mixture to the boiling water, stirring constantly.
When the Mamaliga begins to thicken, cover, and cook over lower heat, for about 30 minutes, stirring periodically; do not allow Mamaliga to burn. Now you are ready for the cheese.
Divide the butter into 3 equal parts.
Divide the grated cheese into two equal parts.
Divide the cooked cornmeal into two equal parts.
To a casserole dish, add 1/3 of the butter and 1/2 of the cooked cornmeal.
Add an additional 1/3 of the butter, and 1/2 of the grated cheese.
Add second 1/2 of the cooked cornmeal, butter and cheese.
Top with the sour cream.
Bake 1 hour at 350°F.