Recipes Across the World: Georgian Rooster 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‘ sequence!

Scattered throughout Georgia’s northwestern highlands is a mountain village heaven often called Racha. The area is known for its rugged alpine surroundings, medieval ruins, attractive 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 various and colourful.

Racha, after all, isn’t any exception and is house to a number of the most liked 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 clean creaminess.

Right here’s the recipe for tips on how to make shkmeruli—Georgian Rooster in Garlic Sauce—at house!


Not like many different Georgian recipes, shkmeruli is extremely simple and easy. No difficult 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-fashioned chacha. In any other case, Rachans will sometimes pair it with a dry pink wine like Mujuretuli. If neither can be found to you, vodka or merlot are a very good trade.

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

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With greater than 50 forms of cheese bread and humble dishes like ajapsandali (stewed eggplant) and rachuli lorit (beans with ham), it’s no marvel the nation is house to one of many world’s most original cuisines. I hope you loved this Georgian basic 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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