Recipes Across the World: Georgian Hen in Garlic Sauce

Melanie Hamilton of Savor & Yore is bringing a scrumptious garlic-infused dish from Georgia (the nation, not the state) to the ‘Recipes Across the World‘ collection!

Scattered throughout Georgia’s northwestern highlands is a mountain village heaven referred to as Racha. The area is legendary for its rugged alpine surroundings, medieval ruins, beautiful Orthodox church buildings, and naturally – scrumptious meals. It’s no secret that Georgia’s meals varies drastically between areas.

Adjara’s copious use of dairy, Samegrelo’s beneficiant spices, and Kakheti’s infinite vineyards are just some issues that make Georgian delicacies so diversified and colourful.

Racha, in fact, isn’t any exception and is dwelling to a number of the most cherished delicacies the nation has to supply. From the well-known rachuli lori, a 40+ day smoked ham whose roots date again millennia to the potato stuffed khachapuri; there’s one thing for everybody.

The actual winner, although, is Racha’s shkmeruli. This mouthwatering rooster dish hails from a teeny tiny village named Skhmeri and is thought for its sharp garlic style and deliciously easy creaminess.

Right here’s the recipe for methods to make shkmeruli—Georgian Hen in Garlic Sauce—at dwelling!


In contrast to many different Georgian recipes, shkmeruli is extremely easy and easy. No sophisticated elements, no tough method, just a few much-needed endurance to maintain you from consuming it straight out of the oven. Right here’s what you’ll want:

  • 1 1 kg entire rooster
  • 1 1/four cup entire milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 15 cloves garlic (yep, fifteen!)
  • four tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


There aren’t actually a ton of Georgian wines that go along with shkmeruli because the garlic and cream are each too overbearing to pair, so it’s typically loved with some old skool chacha. In any other case, Rachans will often pair it with a dry purple wine like Mujuretuli. If neither can be found to you, vodka or merlot are a superb alternate.

Don’t waste! The backbone is a superb use for rooster inventory. Pop it in your freezer and reserve it to make inventory or broth later.

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With greater than 50 varieties of cheese bread and humble dishes like ajapsandali (stewed eggplant) and rachuli lorit (beans with ham), it’s no marvel the nation is dwelling to one of many world’s most unusual cuisines. I hope you loved this Georgian traditional and felt a little bit of vibrant Caucasian tradition in your kitchen.

Pictured above is the well-known 10th-century church in Racha—Nikortsminda

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