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Banosh Recipe

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Banosh recipe

Banosh is a dish that takes you on a flavorful journey to the heart of Ukrainian cuisine. This traditional delicacy, hailing from the Carpathian mountains, brings together the humble cornmeal, luscious cream, and robust cheese in a symphony of tastes and textures that is absolutely captivating.

Often enriched with crispy bacon or earthy mushrooms, Banosh is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a comforting main course or a hearty side dish. While its simplicity might be deceiving, the depth of flavor in Banosh is undeniable, making it a beloved staple in Ukrainian homes and a culinary discovery that you will certainly cherish.

So, let’s embark on this culinary adventure and learn how to create this delicious, heartwarming dish in your own kitchen.

Banosh Recipe

Rating: 5.0/5
( 3 voted )
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 565 calories 53g fat

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/5 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ounces (sheep's) cheese in brine, e.g. Bryndza or Feta.

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sour cream and cream until completely dissolved. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the cream is hot – but do not bring to a boil​.
  2. When the cream begins almost to boil, add the cornmeal and salt. Stir with a spatula to prevent lumps from forming.
  3. After 5 minutes of stirring, the cornmeal should swell, and you'll end up with a thick corn porridge. If you want a thinner porridge, pour in a little more cream or water and mix. Turn off the heat​.
  4. Cut the bacon into strips and fry in a frying pan until golden brown​.
  5. Transfer the banosh to a deep plate or bowl and place the fried bacon on top. Make a well in the center and put a piece of butter in it. It will start to melt and soak the banosh just before serving​.
  6. Top the banosh with crumbled cheese, and sprinkle with black pepper. It tastes better when hot​.

Notes

  • Use good quality ingredients.
  • To make the banosh less fat, you can replace the cream with milk. However, the real Ukrainian banosh is prepared with cream.
  • If you don’t want to use bacon, you can also use ham.
  • Traditionally, banosh is made with bryndza cheese. Alternatively, you can use feta cheese. In general, it’s important that the cheese is pickled (in brine) and soft enough. Hard cheese like cheddar won’t work.
  • Banosh should have a creamy and thick consistency. You can adjust it by adding more liquid or cornmeal to achieve the desired texture if necessary.
  • If you are using salted butter and very salty cheese, you may want to reduce the extra salt you add.
Banosh corn porridge

Serving Suggestions

Banosh is best enjoyed hot, right out of the pan. The warm and creamy cornmeal dish is perfect on its own, but for a more substantial meal, it pairs well with a simple side salad of fresh greens or roasted vegetables.

Traditionally, Banosh is served with a generous topping of crumbled cheese and crispy, golden-brown bacon, adding both taste and texture to the dish. Don’t forget to add a dollop of butter in the center, as it will melt and soak into the Banosh just before you serve it, adding a delightful burst of flavor​​.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Quality of ingredients: As with any recipe, the quality of your ingredients will greatly affect the final result. Try to use the freshest and best ingredients available to you.
  • Adjusting consistency: The consistency of Banosh can be easily adjusted. If you prefer a thinner porridge, simply add a bit more cream or water during the cooking process. Similarly, you can add more cornmeal if you prefer a thicker consistency​.
  • Cheese selection: Traditionally, Banosh is made with Bryndza, a sheep’s cheese. If you can’t find this, Feta cheese is a good alternative. The cheese should be soft and pickled in brine. Hard cheeses like cheddar won’t work well in this recipe​.
  • Bacon substitution: If you don’t want to use bacon, ham can be a good alternative. This will still provide a nice, salty contrast to the creamy cornmeal dish​.
  • Salt level: Be mindful of the salt content in your dish. If you are using salted butter and very salty cheese, you may want to reduce the extra salt you add to avoid making the dish too salty​.

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