Piftii – meat in gelatin, Romanian dish

This dish is so easy to make and such a good source of protein. It is not everybody’s cup of tea, but it is certainly a nostalgic dish for me. It is very common to eat for holidays in Romania, so here goes my Christmas dish this year.


  • pork meat, ideally should have bones too
  • 1 onion
  • carrots to taste
  • laurel leaves
  • whole black pepper
  • garlic to taste
  • salt
  • gelatin sheets (if you do not have enough bones, use 1 for 250 ml of water)
  • parsley (optional)


  1. Start boiling the meat in the salted water. I used 400 g of meat with very few bones to 2 liters of water.
  2. Add the whole black pepper and laurel leaves.
  3. Clean the foam forming onĀ  the top.
  4. Add the whole carrots and onion and boil for 1.5-2 hours on low fire.
  5. Take out the meat and clean it from the bones.
  6. You can dispose of the onion. Take out the carrots to and cut them into round pieces.
  7. If you did not have enough bones, add some gelatin to the liquid. I used 3 sheets, since the meat barely had any bones.
  8. Crash he garlic and add it in the liquid too. If there is too much fat on the top, you can remove some now.
  9. Assemble the meat, carrots and option parsley in bowls.
  10. Cover with the liquid and let it cool in a cold place until it becomes very jelly.
  11. Ready!