5 traditional dishes to have on New Year's table in Georgia
13 December, 2017
5 traditional dishes to have on New Year's table in Georgia
The New Year’s feast has a long tradition in Georgia. It is common to think that if the New Year's feast is rich in various dishes and the table is beautifully arranged, then the whole year will be full of joy and happiness.

Only distinguished Georgian dishes are served at New Year’s table, as it is
the most important and special time in each family. Some of the traditional dishes are rarely served and prepared only on special occasions during the year.

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The grand preparation for the New Year starts a few days earlier in each family. That is the reason why the New Year's table has its own incomparable charm and taste in Georgia.

Although each region of the country has its own traditionas and variations of New Year’s table, there are top dishes that everyone should have on New Year’s eve. If you happen to be in Georgia or would like to celebrate this important occasion like a real Georgian, then you should definitely have these top five foods on your supra. However, They represent an integral part of the New Year’s feast and no one can imagine the celebration of this joyful festival without them.
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Here we present you top Georgian dishes with unforgettable taste and flavor, prepared specially for New Year's feast:

Satsivi

Georgian Christmas table (supra) is unimaginable without famous satsivi. Notably, it is a favorite New Year treat on Georgian feasts.

The word satsivi literally means cold dish in Georgian. It is also known as walnut sauce. Satsivi is a food paste in Georgian cuisine made primarily from walnuts and used in various recipes.
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Satsivi

The term satsivi is also used as a generic name for a variety of poultry, fish and vegetable appetizers made with the walnut sauce.

Satsivi is served cold, either as a dipping sauce for bread or sauce for boiled or fried chicken or fish.
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Traditionally, satsivi is made with walnuts, water, garlic, a combination of dried herbs.The most common type of Satsivi in Georgia is made of turkey or chicken.

Boiled turkey or chicken pieces submerged in satsivi is a staple of winter holiday feasts.The dish perfectly pairs with ghomi (Georgian cornmeal) or shoti (Georgian bread).

Eggplant with walnuts

Eggplant with walnuts is a traditional Georgian dish, which is loved and served in each Georgian family. But on New Year's Eve this dish is appreciated at any Georgian table, as never before.
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Eggplant with walnuts

The eggplant has a long history in Georgian cuisine. It is thought that eggplant which comes from Persia, was brought to Georgia in XII-XIII centuries. Eggplant with walnuts is recognized as the king among Georgian cold dishes. It can be prepared with dried or fresh herbs as well.
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There are several variations of eggplant with walnuts in different regions - adding more or less spices in each case. Though, the basic ingredients of this incredible dish are: fried eggplant with walnuts and spices.

Khachapuri

Khachapuri is a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread. The filling contains cheese (fresh or aged, most commonly sulguni) and eggs.

It is Georgia's national dish, which is loved and appreciated not only in Georgia, but throughout the world. According to a survey, 88% of Georgians prefer khachapuri to pizza.
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Khachapuri

The bread is leavened and allowed to rise, and is shaped in various ways. There are several types of khachapuri from different regions of Georgia: Imeretian (Imeruli) Khachapuri, Adjarian (Adjaruli) khachapuri, Gurian (Guruli) khachapuri, etc.

Imeretian (Imeruli) Khachapuri from the western region of the country is the most widespread type found on New Year’s table in Georgia.
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It is noteworthy that the most popular with foreigners is Adjarian (Adjaruli) Khachapuri , with cheese in the middle and a crust which is ripped off and used to dip in the cheese.

Khachapuri has gone beyond the borders and is served at various restaurants across the world.

Gozinaki

Gozinaki is traditional New Year candy on the Georgian table. All the housewives in Georgia try to prepare as delicious Gozinaki as possible. This incomparable Georgian dessert is made of walnuts and honey.

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Gozinaki


Gozinaki is prepared only for the New Year. According to a long-established tradition, Gozinaki is a mandatory component of New Year's Eve/Christmas celebration.

Gozinaki is made of aromatic honey and high-quality, pale-colored walnuts. Before chopping, you must roast the walnuts lightly and peel them. The sweet staple serves as a symbol of abudance at the feast table.

Churchkhela

Churchkhela is yet another traditional Georgian candy that must be present in every family. Churchkhela is often referred to “Georgian Snickers” as long as it is quite delicious, contains lots of nuts and is energizing. Most importantly, it is made from natural and organic ingredients – natural condensed grape juice and walnuts or hazelnuts.

This famous Georgian candy is consumed particularly at Christmas and New Year, yet it can be prepared at any time all year round.
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Churchkhela

Churchkhela is a homemade Georgian product. Georgians usually make Churchkhela in autumn when the primary ingredients, grapes and nuts, are harvested. Instead of walnuts, sometimes nuts or almonds are used in the regions of west Georgia. Georgian warriors carried Churchkhelas with them because they contain many calories and are quite energizing.

One of best Churchkhela is made in Kakheti Region, which is known as the motherland of wine.
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Apart from these dishes, various fruits, both fresh and dries as well as lots of candies are common on the feast table.

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