Georgia has so much to rave about – Khorumi dancing, a rich ancient history, one of the world’s oldest languages, post-card mountain villages and glistening Black Sea beaches, just to name a few.
It’s considered the birthplace of wine and prides itself with unmatched hospitality paired with warm smiles, picturesque-churches such as Kazbegi’s Gergeti and rich history that spans millennia. When Georgia’s not wowing you with all of this, it’s sweeping you off your feet with mouthwatering dishes.
From Adjarian khachapuri
to fresh pkhali, there is something for everyone, especially vegetarians! Many of Georgia’s tastiest dishes are completely meat-free. Georgian cuisine is loaded with locally grown produce, cheeses of every kind and the liberal use of chili with flavor-packed herbs which makes for memorable and savory dishes. Whether you are vegetarian, fasting or just trying to cut back on meat, you will never have to settle for a bland salad with these drool-worthy foods!
These little pouches of flavor heaven can be filled with everything from potato, cheese and herbs, mushrooms and more. My favorite is potato with a generous dash of black pepper! To eat, grab the dumpling by the dough ball on the top, bite a small hole and slurp out the juices first. It’s the best part!
If you think boiled beans are plain, think again. Georgia has a knack for taking the humblest of dishes and turning them into masterpieces. Simmered with onion, walnuts, garlic, cilantro, and heavy spices, lobio takes stewed kidney beans to a whole new level.
Khachapuri has many different faces, but the most famous one is Adjarian. Adjarian khachapuri is a bread boat loaded with butter, cheese and topped with a raw egg. There are plenty of alternative versions the most popular being Imeruli and Megruli. You can’t go wrong with either of these!
Mkhlovani, alternatively called fkhlovani, a bread pie packed with spinach, cheese, and fresh herbs. It hails from the mountain regions of Georgia and manages to be both comforting and refreshing at the same time.
This warm and hearty stew is packed with eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes and tons of spice leaving it completely in a league of its own and perfect for a wholesome dinner.
This highly addictive Georgian staple consists of chargrilled eggplant slices, covered in walnut paste and topped with pomegranate seeds. The paste made up of delicious garlicky walnuts and herbs such as dried marigold, blue fenugreek, and cilantro.
If you haven’t already noticed, there’s not much the Georgians can’t or won’t do with bread. Chvishtari is native to Svaneti and is a hearty cornbread stuffed with famously delicious sulguni cheese that hails from the same region.
Bean stuffed bread with a subtle garlicky and smoky flavor that will leave your mouth-watering.
Red peppers with walnut paste
This simple yet delectable dish needs no introduction. Boiled red peppers stuffed with walnut paste. This no-fuss bite makes for a perfect appetizer or side dish.
This Mengrelian twist on dumplings is simply unforgettable. Boiled pastry stuffed with cheese and buttery herbs served with sour cream.
Bonus Tip: Top off any one of these tasty dishes with traditional chacha! Georgia is famous for more than just it’s ancient wine techniques! Chacha is a clear and stout Georgian brandy, sometimes called vine vodka and pairs nicely with most Georgian dishes, specifically khinkali.
This article was written by Melanie Hamilton,
Travel Writer and Founder of From Texas With Love