Monday, June 20, 2011

My Georgia Monday: kuchmachi (recipe)

Before I tell you what's in this dish, I need to assure you it is absolutely delicious.   This is a Georgian dish called kuchmachi (kooch-mah-chee).  It is made with chicken livers, hearts and gizzards (all sold at Walmart).  If you tried it, you would be hooked. 

meat mixture ingredients:
about 1 lb chicken livers, gizzards and hearts
dash of salt (to add to boiling water)
1 stick of butter (8 Tbsp)
1 large onion, chopped
about 8 oz pomegranate juice

seasoning mixture ingredients:
1 cup shelled walnuts
2-3 garlic cloves
4 tsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp dried summer savory
1/4 tsp salt
chili, paprika, curry to taste (dash of each)
cilantro, parsley, oregano to taste (dash of each, but fresh is better of course)
pomegranate seeds for topping (from one small or med pomegranate)

Boil the livers, hearts and gizzards in salted water until tender, about 1 hour, then drain.  In a frying pan melt the butter and add onion.  Add the giblets and the pomegranate juice and simmer on low.  Once pomegranate juice is absorbed/evaporated, cook the giblets until lightly browned.  Coarsely grind.  I usually just chop the giblets once cooled or you can even use a food processor to grind or chop.  Set aside.

Now we are ready to make our magical Georgian seasoning mixture that can make anything taste wonderful ;)
In a food processor (or in a mortar with a pestle, if you want to be totally authentic), grind walnuts and garlic, adding all the ingredients from the seasoning mixture except for the pomegranate seeds.

Mix the meat mixture and the seasoning mixture together and top with pomegranate seeds.  Serve at room temperature.
This dish goes well with corn bread, corn cakes or corn muffins.
But can also be served with Saltine crackers.

It could be a great appetizer or a part of your menu.  Either way, what a great conversation piece.  Make sure to have plenty of gum on hand for all your guests, as this dish is very garlicky (but amazingly delicious). 


  1. Oh my God! Here in Brazil I never saw that! Likes delicious!
    I love your blog!!! Is great!

  2. I bet iti is delicious, but I am a vegetarian. I bet you have delicious veggie recipes for me???

  3. oh this look so tasty! i'd love if you came and shared something at my link party! its open all week :)



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