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Traditional Romanian Polenta with Feta Cheese and Bacon (Mamaliga cu Branza in Paturi)

This Traditional Romanian Polenta with Feta Cheese, Bacon and Sausage known as "Mamaliga cu Branza in Paturi" is a dish I've grown up with and am very fond of. It's hearty, delicious and satisfying.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: mamaliga, mamaliga cu branza, polenta
Servings: 6
Calories: 591kcal


  • 5 slices bacon fried and chopped
  • 8 ounce smoked sausage sliced and fried
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups feta cheese shredded or crumbled


  • Boil the water with salt. Once water is boiling, reduce heat to low and add the cornmeal, while stirring constantly. Keep stirring, you will notice the polenta will thicken.
  • Cook the polenta for about 20 to 30 min, stirring occasionally. 
  • Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  • In a 9 x 13 in baking dish, spread half of the polenta using some of the remaining bacon fat. Sprinkle with half of the feta cheese. Add all the sausage and half of the bacon.
  • Repeat with another layer using the remaining polenta. Add the remaining cheese and top off with the remaining bacon.
  • Bake for about 10 min.
  • Serve warm.


Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1685mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Calcium: 386mg | Iron: 2.5mg