2 c Water
1 c Milk
1 t Salt
1 c polentacorn meal
Banush is a dish popular in the Carpathian region of western Ukraine and in Romania, where the dish is called bălmuș. Banush (or banosh) is ground corn cooked in cream or sour cream. It is typically accompanied by some bryndza (sheep cheese), sautéed mushrooms, and fried pork fat (chopped fat back). It is best to use a softer but sharp tasting cheese that has a pop. Sheep hearders first cam eup with the idea of banush so they naturally prefer sheep’s cheese. The cheese can be sprinkled on top of the banush or offered to the side.
How to Make Hutsul Dish Banosh/ Banush:
- Stir together water, milk and salt in a saucepan.
- Bring to a simmer.
- Whisk in one cup of polenta/cornmeal.
- Keep whisking then reduce the heat and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Serve with smetana (sour cream), farmers cheese/brinza (feta cheese) or fried onions and bacon.