For any foodie, visiting Romania also means to enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods. Romanians love to cook and love to enjoy good food, especially with family and friend around the table. But, among all Romanian dishes, there are a few that are prepared consistently, because they are highly appreciated. Discover them in the lines below, together with how to prepare them, in case you want to try something new.
Sarmale or meat cabbage rolls is a type of dish that is present on the menu in Romania at every major Holiday, but also whenever people feel like enjoying the dish. Because it is quite consistent, it is made when guests are expected, as it is a delicious, highly appreciated, and hunger quenching dish.
The recipe can vary a lot, sweet or pickled, sour cabbage can be used for the rolls. In some areas, cabbage is replaced with vine leaves, although these can be used only in late spring or early summer, when they are tender enough. The meat used for the recipe also varies, pork being the most common, which can be mixed with beef. But, chicken can also be used, and some people may even prepare a vegetarian version, for the fast period. They are usually served with sour cream on top and polenta. Check out the Sarmale recipe here!
• Beans with Smoked Pork Ham
Pork is quite present in the Romanian cuisine and when it is smoked, it becomes the perfect ingredient for a dish containing beans. This is a dish very much appreciated during the cold season, as it is consistent and has an incredible taste as well, comforting the stomach. The beans are boiled with big chunks of smoked pork ham, tomato sauce, carrots, onions, salt, pepper, laurel leaves, and even thyme. Before the dish is finished, everything is left to simmer slowly, so all these incredible flavors mix together. The result is a mouthwatering dish, similar to a stew. Are you already charmed? Perhaps you would like to try out these beans recipe?
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• Mici or mititei
There isn’t a Romanian who will not enjoy a dish containing freshly grilled mici, served hot, with mustard, bead, and, occasionally, with French fries. The mici are similar to meat balls, although the composition is a bit more different. Ground beef is used, although some recipes mix beef with mutton, for a more sophisticated taste. It is also one of the most popular types of street food in Romania, being present at any festival or public event around the country. The smell of grilled mici also rises from almost any backyard when the summer comes, as Romanians love to sit around the barbeque and get these meat rolls ready. A cold pint of beer is more than perfect to accompany this dish as a beverage. If you want to enjoy this dish, here is the recipe.
Because the autumn arrived and there are plenty of vegetables on the market, Romanians like to prepare dishes that can be stored for the cold season. Zacusca is one of them, being a thick paste made with ground eggplants, tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, onions, and spices.
Beans or mushrooms can be optionally added to the main recipe, to a diversity of tastes. This is a great dish as an appetizer, because it can be easily spread on bread, for a quick but tasty snack. If you want to try this, here is the recipe for the dish.