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  1. Shkmeruli – Georgian Recipe: Chicken Cooked in Milk and Garlic

    March 9, 2018 by Varga László

    Shkmeruli (შქმერული) is a chicken dish from the Georgia’s Racha region. A young chicken is usually used for this recipe and is cooked in milk and garlic. Sour cream can be used instead of milk.

    Ingredients (1-2 servings):

    • 1 whole young chicken
    • 1 head of garlic,
    • 300 ml of milk
    • 100 ml of water
    • a few tablespoons of oil
    • salt to taste


    Preparation method:

    1. Cut the chicken lengthwise but do not separate into two halves, flattening it down on its back.
    2. Rub oil and salt on to both sides of the chicken.
    3. Add to a pan a few tablespoons of oil, add the flattened chicken and press it down with a pestle or bit heavier ceramic pot, to keep the chicken flat on the bottom of the frying pan and fries nicely and even.
    4. Fry both sides of the chicken, about 5 minutes each side until nicely golden.
    5. Meanwhile crush the garlic in a mortar or using a heavy knife against the chopping block.
    6. When the chicken is done, remove it from the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes.
    7. Cut into 6-8 pieces.
    8. Add the crushed garlic to the pan with the remaining fats from the chicken frying.
    9. Fry over low heat for about 2 minutes, then add the water and continue to simmer for 2 more minutes.
    10. Add theof milk and chicken pieces and simmer for 5-7 minutes over medium heat. Adjust salt to taste.(This final cooking in milk is traditionally done in a clay pot called in Georgian – ketsi – but i preferred the speedier version over the stove.)
    11. Serve while hot with bread. If you have Georgian bread, it’s a great plus! 😊

  2. Chicken Marinated in Unicum with Vanilla Icecream Recipe

    February 25, 2018 by Varga László

    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 1 kg boneless chicken thighs
    • 3-4 garlic cloves
    • 50-100 ml unicum
    • 1 pineapple
    • 200 g vanilla icecream
    • 100 g fresh redcurrants
    • salt and black pepper to taste


    Preparation method:

    1. Chop the garlic cloves.
    2. Wash the chicken thighs and pat them dry with paper towels.
    3. Add to a bowl the chicken, garlic, unicumto covet it all – but only just, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    4. Leave it to marinate for an hour but not too much so the chicken doesn’t get bitter.
    5. Grill over high temperature charcoal grill until nicely brown and crunchy outside but still juicy inside.
    6. Slice the pineapple into 2 cm slices and grill them over the same charcoal grill.
    7. Serve the chicken thighs with a slice of grilled pineapple, a large spoonful of vanilla ice cream and some redcurrants.

  3. Dalmatian Grilled Sardines with Parsley Lemon Garlic Sauce Recipe

    February 23, 2018 by Varga László


    Ingredients (4 servings)

    • 1 kg sardines (fresh or frozen)
    • a bunch of parsley
    • 2-3 sprigs of rosemary
    • 1 head garlic
    • 1 lemon
    • extra virgin olive oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 100 g olives
    • 2 large tomatoes
    • a few chili peppers

    Preparation method:

    1. Defroze the sardines if frozen, wash them in a colander.
    2. Clean and chop the garlic.
    3. Grate the lemons for zest.
    4. In a bowl mix place the grated lemon peel, half of the chopped garlic and the rosemary torn from sprigs.Add extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, whisk them a bit.
    5. Place the whole sardines in this bowl and cover them with the marinade and let them marinate for half an our.
    6. In another bowl mix the other half of chopped garlic, olive oil, chopped parsley and the juice from a lemon.
    7. Grill the sardines until having charred grill marks 3-4 minutes on each side.

    8. When ready place them on a plate and season with the garlic and parsley sauce and serve with lemon wedges.