Author Notes: Khachapuri (“cheese bread” or pie) is a delicious dish from Georgia. Wherever you go in Georgia, you can be sure to eat Khachapuri at least once a day. These national cheese breads come in various shapes. They are so, so good! Georgians make this bread into a large loaf for special occasions, but street vendors also sell it in smaller, tart-sized diamonds, or "beggars' purses". There are several distinctive types of Khachapuri in Georgian food from different regions of Georgia. This recipe is probably the most common type but it has my own touch and ingredients which I love and which add special fresh spring flavors to the traditional just cheese filling. Serve Khachapuri for breakfast with a hot cup of Late or fragrant tea, for lunch with a fresh heirloom tomato salad and you will fall in love with this fabulous dish. - Kukla
Food52 Review: Kukla's Georgian Khachapuri is kind of like a pierogi, sort of like a calzone, almost like a paratha - and definitely yummy! The ramps, green onions, coriander and herbs lend a brightness to the world's most decadent grilled cheese sandwich, which is amazingly simple to prepare. We followed the recipe exactly the first time around, and changed two things on the second pass: first, we punched down the dough and let it rise a second time for about 20 minutes, which made the bread a bit less chewy, and instead of making four huge khachapuri, we made eight smaller ones. The filling would be equally lovely on a toasted baguette, sprinkled with some more fresh herbs. - wssmom
Makes 4 (7-inches in diameter round) pies
For the dough
- • 3 to 3 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
- • 1 envelope (¼-oz) fresh Active Dry yeast
- • 2 teaspoons sugar
- • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- • 1 cup hot water (about 120 degrees)
- • 2 tablespoons pure olive oil
- In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar and undessolved yeast; stir in water and then oil and salt. Mix in enough of the remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for about 6 to 8minutes or until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest until you make the filling.
For the filling
- • 1/2 cup fresh whole milk ricotta, drained or soft goat cheese
- • 1/2 cup havarti cheese, shredded
- • 1/2 cup good quality feta cheese
- • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- • 2 teaspoons of lemon zest
- • 1 tablespoon of each fresh cilantro, dill and flat leave parsley, chopped
- • 2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped
- • 2 tablespoons butter + more for frying and brushing the tops
- • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
- • 5 whole green onions, chopped
- • 5 whole ramps (bulb and leaves), washed, dried the excess water, thinly chopped (when not in season, use spinach)
- • 1 large garlic clove, minced
- • Pinch cayenne pepper
- • 4 large eggs, beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk
- In a mixing bowl combine all cheeses, salt, pepper, lemon zest and herbs. Using a large fork mix well to get a smooth, homogeneous mixture. Set aside.
- Melt butter in a sauté pan on medium-low heat; add coriander, green onions, ramps, salt and black pepper; cook stirring with a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes or until just softened; add garlic and cayenne; cook for 1-2 minutes longer.
- Pour-in the beaten eggs and slowly scramble until soft curds form and immediately fold in into the cheese and herbs mixture. Cool to room temperature, taste for seasonings and then chill in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
- Divide the rested dough into 4 equal pieces; form into balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll out flat round cakes 10-inches in diameter, and spread about 1/2 cup of the filling in the center of each one.Gather the edges up and pinch them; then press, rolling over lightly to 1/2-inch thick pie.
- Fry each pie individually in a heavy-bottomed pan on medium- low heat in 1 tablespoon butter. When the butter is melted lay one pie seem side down and cook until browned; then turn over and cook the top until browned (about 4 to 5 minutes per side).
- Transfer to a serving platter and brush the tops with some more melted butter. Serve hot or warm. Can be made ahead and warmed in a toaster oven.
- Note: Khachapuri can be also baked in a preheated to 350 degrees oven for about 30 minutes and the filling can be baked in puff pastry. If some days you feel a little lazy, make just this kind of filling and spread it on your favorite toasted bread and you will enjoy crostini.