Shepherd’s Cheese Polenta | Local Cooking in Romania

This article features affiliate links, meaning we’ll earn a small commission if you purchase through these links. Please read our Privacy Policy for more details. We are back again at the season of grazing, and what person is there who does not wish to tickle their taste buds with a portion of shepherd’s cheese polenta (balmoș) made from a delicious and unique artisan cheese, known for its rich and distinct flavours resulting from the unique combination of grass-fed animals and ancient cheese recipes. This dish is one of the most famous of the national dishes of Romania, and its origin is historical. It is a shepherd’s dish, and in every recipe for cooking it, we are told to use whole ingredients, that are high in fats. Here, at Petru Lazarean’s sheepfold, all their ingredients are locally made, starting with the artisan cheese recipes that we had seen being made from creamy rich sheep’s milk and ending with their own stone ground cornmeal, a self-sustaining homestead off the beaten track in Bucovina, Romania, where guests are warmly welcomed. It is a place where anyone feels more than welcome to retreat and step back in time. The pictures simply do not do it justice. … Continue reading Shepherd’s Cheese Polenta | Local Cooking in Romania