Traditional Romanian Recipes
What makes romanian food recipes so special?
Looking at the romanian history, this land was always at the confluence of roads between east and west, and always in the way of various conquerors.
As this little country was fighting for independence, it was occupied throughout history, first by Romans, giving birth to a Latin nation, and then subsequently by Turks, and by the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Romanians also had pronounced cultural influences from other European countries such as France, Poland and Russia. Between world war I and world war II, Bucharest, the capital of Romania was called "Little Paris", and the influence of France's culture was at its peak, for language, culture and food.
The result of these mixed cultural influences has also strongly reflected on the romanian traditional food. You can say that the romanian food recipes were selected as the best among all cultures, or at least that is what romanians like to believe. Being born and raised in Romania, I grew up with these traditional foods and I have learned to cook them myself for my family. I invite you dear reader to immerse into the romanian food culture and enjoy some wonderful authentic romanian dishes.
Here is a collection of the most traditional and famous romanian recipes.
Romanian Recipes - most traditional dishes
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Traditional Romanian Food: Appetizers
- romanian cold cuts - traditional salami, sausages, cheeses and spreads
- salata de boeuf
- deviled eggs (oua umplute) - classic recipe
- deviled eggs with chicken liver pate
- eggplant salad and stuffed tomatoes with eggplant salad
- baked beans spread
- tripe soup (ciorba de burta)
- sour meatball soup (ciorba de perisoare)
- beef soup with semolina dumplings (supa de vita cu galuste de gris)
Traditional Romanian Food: Main dishes
- polenta (mamaliga)
- stuffed cabbage rolls (sarmale)
- stuffed peppers (ardei umpluti)
- meatballs (chiftelute)
- potato stew
- chicken liver recipes
- lamb stew (stufat de miel)
Classic Romanian Desserts
- basic panettone - with raisins or dried fruit (cozonac)
- walnut filled panettone (cozonac cu nuca)
- pasca - sweet cheese panettone with raisins (cozonac cu brinza dulce si stafide)
- crepes (clatite) - recipe of french origin.
- birds milk (lapte de pasare)
The above romanian recipes are representative as the most famous romanian traditional food, but there are tons of other traditional romanian recipes that are cooked day by day by romanians. For a more comprehensive collection of recipes for romanian food, please check our easy appetizer recipes, our quick and easy dinner ideas, and our light desserts recipes. Also do not forget to check our special Romanian easter recipes.