When we talk about traditional Georgian food, the first thing that comes to mind is probably Gone with the Wind and biscuits and gravy. But we’re not talking about that Georgia, we’re talking about the country, Georgia.
Located Caucasus region in the intersection of Europe and Asia, Georgia has a super unique and delicious food culture. Look for influences from nearby countries like Greece and Iran.
Want to learn more about Georgian food? You’re in the right place! Read on to learn about some delicious Georgian dishes.
Khinkali is exactly what you’d think you’d find in a country that borders both Europe and Asia. These traditional dumplings are like a cross of xiao long bao and the traditional steamed bun you’d find at a dim sum table.
Traditional khinkali are filled with meat, broth, and spices and they come deliciously juicy. They are then either steamed or boiled. If you want to shake things up, you can find them filled with mushrooms or cheese, too!
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For those of you who love your meat, or are trying to lay off the carbs, mtsvadi is a great choice for you! This dish consists of skewers of pork that are roasted over an open flame and salted to delicious perfection. After they’re removed from the grill, they are thrown in a pot full of thin-sliced onions and pomegranate juice to create an addictive sauce.
Not a fan of pork? You can also make mtsvadi with other meat like veal or lamb! No matter how you do it, you’re sure to love it.
Lobio is a super simple and inexpensive dish to make. If you took bean soup and mixed it up with some refried beans, then you’d have lobio. It’s spiced with traditional ingredients like ground blue fenugreek, ground walnuts, and pomegranate molasses.
Serve it up with Georgian cornbread for a warm and hearty meal during cold winter days.
The last entry on our list is another traditional winter dish in Georgia — satsivi. The star of this dish is roasted chicken or turkey served in a rich sauce made of walnut, garlic, and an array of herbs. Georgians usually eat this dish around Christmas or New Year.
Need a side dish? Georgians love to serve mashed potatoes loaded with cheese for a hearty, stick to your ribs meal.
Ready to Give Traditional Georgian Food a Shot?
Whether you choose to spring for a low-key dish like lobio, or go for the more complex satsivi, you won’t go wrong cooking and eating traditional Georgian food! Any person who is a fan of Mediterranean or middle eastern food is sure to be a fan of this rich cultural cuisine.
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