Monday, June 20, 2005

Cornmeal is a very versatile ingredient. It can adapt to any dish and is used in a many different cultures for all types of meals. My mother would make a dish her mother had made for her as a little girl called Mamalika. My grandmother learned about this Cornmeal dish when she lived in Romania. You add equal parts yellow Cornmeal to water and also a bit of salt for flavoring. If we wanted the Mamalika saltier we would add Feta cheese to it and some sour cream. Until I realized that Cornmeal is used to enhance many different dishes, Mamalika was the only dish I knew of with Cornmeal. The second time I tried Cornmeal was when I had Empanadas(also can be made of wheat). And oh did that open up my palate. The crispy flavorful dough surrounding the flavorful filling. However finding this current way to eat Cornmeal was purely by accident. I was in the supermarket recently when I saw Polenta(cornmeal)in casing, in the dairy aisle. It was flavored with Basil and Garlic. The instructions said it needed to be baked or fried before being eaten. I was curious to try it. I heated it up a pan, added some olive oil and and then lightly fried the Polenta which I had cut in one inch slices while waiting for the pan to heat up. Then I added some premade Marinara sauce on top of it and topped it off with grated Parmesan. Niel and I ate it for dinner with some fresh sausage Niel had purchased from Whole Foods. I would really recommend trying fresh sausage once in your life time. We could totally could taste the quality and all the spices. Which were garlic, sun dried tomato and oregano. The two went very well together.

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Here is a link for some Polenta Recipes.

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11 comments:

Mike said...

And lets not forget the American classic, the corndog!!!

foodiechickie said...

That's right! Thank you!! I loooooove corndogs!!! Love them! How could I forget. Crap!

Mike said...

Meat on a stick, gotta love it!!!

Yvett said...

My grandma always had cornmeal on hand to add to gorditas. Hmm, another recipe I need to get from her.

Jesser said...

You're v. right about cornmeal. It's excellently versatile - one of those things I'd never thought of before. I personally LOVE tamales. Wish I knew how to make them, but we do have recipes on our site for two different tamale pies, both of which are excellent in their own way. Corn bread is another fave... yum! And cornmeal-crusted fish!! So good.

Jessica said...

Reading your yummy food posts makes me sooo hungry!

foodiechickie said...

Yeah Mike all varieties. The beef, pork, and chicken from the venders are good too.

Gorditas are awesome Yvett!

God all those foods sound good. I'm eager to try Southern Cornbread too! Funny you mention the fish post. Tomorrow's is gonna be about fish. LOL.

Jessica. Seriously just about all I think about is food. LOL. I love learning about it, researching it, finding recipes.

Jes said...

Yumm-yum! I have a box mix of polenta, but still haven't made it yet!

Every year we get fresh deer or moose sausage from friends and family that hunt. VERY good stuff.

foodiechickie said...

Have to find some of that sausage for Niel.

laura said...

Ah, my grandmother is from Czech and her cornmeal porridge (I don't know the proper name for the dish, and she's forgotten too) is a staple at family dinners. No one in my family could make it the way she did. Then one day my husband made polenta to go with the batch of bolognaise sauce he was making, and it was just like my grandmothers!

foodiechickie said...

I like that story. It's a nice one. Tradition is important. To know one's roots. Thanks for sharing. What is the name of the recipe?