What about the must-haves of New Year’s feast?
In Georgia, every food is a must-have. Our SUPRA has it all. A large table ”furnished” with various, colorful and mouth-watering dishes is usually as beautiful as a decorated New Year’s tree. It is believed that you should greet the New Year with generosity, so this is what most of the Georgians do. Despite having such variety and a plenty of choice to decide on the list of “What should we cook on December 31st”, there are certain recipes we can not ever avoid while getting ready for the New Year.
*Nut-lovers, this is your heaven.
- Satsivi – Turkey with walnut sauce.The thick sauce is a mix of walnuts, garlic, spices and herbs. It is the crown of the fest, one of the most delicious food you can try in Georgia. This dish is served chilled, as the name itself says : tsivi – cool/cold.
- Gozinaki – Caramelized walnuts, fried in boiled honey, sometimes with a sprinkle of pepper and few drops of vinegar, cooled and cut into rhombus shapes – this is the reason everybody waits until the midnight, because you can not get a crunchy bite of this deliciousness before the New Year.
- Basila – Sweet, human shaped cake with raisins, a nearly forgotten custom , but a very interesting one. This tradition mostly comes from eastern Georgia and is a combination of pagan cult and Christian saint Basil. This sweet bread represented the idea of fertility together with the celebrated ritual.