Georgia & Lebanon

Georgia

Original Word: a country not a state
Nationality: Georgian
Language: Georgian
Population: 4,570,934
122nd largest country in the world.
Capital: Tbilisi


Kartopili Nigvzit (Potatoes with Walnuts)

500g/1lb new potatoes, quartered
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tbsp wine vinegar (white or red will work)
salt and pepper

1. Boil potatoes until fork tender and drain well.
2. Add walnuts to a cold saute pan and heat slowly. Toss the walnuts a few times. They are toasted when you can smell them. Chop the walnuts finely.
3. To the warm pan add a tsp olive oil and sauté onion until soft and add garlic for the last-minute. Set onions to the side.
4. Mix together the potatoes, onion mixture, walnuts, and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I really enjoyed these potatoes. Walnuts and potatoes make a great paring. I think it was the earthiness of the walnuts that really added to the potatoes. I will definitely make this again.

Lebanon

Original Word: Beirut
Nationality: Lebanese
Language: Arabic
Population: 4,140,289
126th largest country in the world.
Capital: Beirut


Kofta (Kabobs/Meatballs/Burgers)

500g/1lb ground beef (You can use lamb.)
small onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 egg
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper

1. Mix ingredients together. DO NOT OVER MIX.
2. Cook a tbsp of the mixture in an oiled pan or grill. Taste this small piece of mix and check for seasonings. Does it need more cayenne, allspice, salt, or pepper? Add more seasoning if it needs it.
3. Form into kabobs or burgers and cook on both sides until cooked through.

I served this meal Mezze style. Mezze is the Middle Eastern sampler platter. This meal is David and I’s favorite. It includes dips (hummus, tyrokafteri, muhammara, baba ghanoush, yoghurt), falafel, dolmades, tabbouleh, olives, salads, meats, and other delicious treats. I served mine with tyrokafteri, red pepper hummus, rocket, celery, and pita.

Give these recipes a try and let me know what you think!

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