Kacamak is considered food of the poor, but with a great tradition that continues through starters’ menus in many modern restaurants. It is carbon hydrates’ counterbalance to inevitable protein rich smoked meet in any Serbian starter menu. Kacamak is actually palenta made of cornflower cooked on only water originally, but with addition of milk. It is only served hot as it loses appeal when cooled.
Although, known as a food of poor people in the past, there were periods of time when the Serbian hominy had been served for higher society, the men of sort, even on the court too (like on the Serbian King’s Milutin court). Depending on whom it was served for, depending on their taste also, many different combinations of additional components were served to enrich the taste of the hominy like: cheese, kaymak, cold milk, sour milk, yogurt, butter, fried bacon, Serbian dry ham (pršuta). Excellent contribution to various vegetables, meat, fish etc. or it could be used as stand alone meal several times a week.
This is a very delicious and nourishing meal, it had survived for centuries and still lives on. Enjoy in it, in various occasions: breakfast, lunch or dinner, on family or friends gatherings, even on the Easter celebrations. Richard Gere consumes and recommends to everyone The Serbian hominy (kačamak) as a healthy food.