Georgian Khachapuri Filled with Ramps, Green Onions, Herbs, and Cheese

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Author Notes: Khachapuri (cheese bread or pie in English) is a delicious dish from Georgia. Wherever you go in Georgia, you can be sure to eat Khachapuri at least once a day. They are so, so good! These national cheese breads come in various shapes: 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 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 plain cheese filling. Serve khachapuri for breakfast with a hot cup of fragrant tea or for lunch with a fresh heirloom tomato salad and you will fall in love with this fabulous dish. Kukla

Food52 Review: WHO: Kukla is a home cook living in West Hollywood with a sweet spot for baked goods.
WHAT: A riff on a classic Georgian street food.
HOW: Make an oil-based pastry shell, then fill it with an assortment of cheeses, fresh herbs, and lightly scrambled eggs. Pan-fry it in butter until lightly browned.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Somewhere between an oversized dumpling, a grilled cheese, and the quesadilla of our dreams is this khachapuri. The spring vegetables lend a brightness to the melted cheese, making second-helpings a requirement (good thing they're so easy to prepare).
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Makes 4 (7-inches in diameter) or 8 (4- by 4-inches square) pies

For the dough:

  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided, plus more as needed
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 ounce active dry yeast
  • 1 cup hot water (about 120º F)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, and yeast. Add the water, stir, then add in the oil and salt. Stir your dough, then add remaining flour little by little until you've formed a soft dough (you may not need to use all of it). Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest at room temperature while you make the filling.

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup fresh whole-milk ricotta, drained (a soft goat cheese also works)
  • 1/2 cup Havarti cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup good quality feta cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more for frying and brushing the tops
  • 1/4 ground coriander seeds
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 5 whole ramps (bulb and leaves), washed, dried of excess water, thinly chopped (when not in season, use spinach)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 large eggs, beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cheeses, salt and pepper, lemon zest, and herbs. Using a large fork, mix and mash well to get a smooth, homogeneous mixture. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add coriander, green onions, ramps, and salt and black pepper to taste. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cayenne, then cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  3. Pour the beaten eggs in and slowly scramble. Once soft curds form, immediately fold them and the vegetables into the cheese and herbs mixture. Cool to room temperature, taste for seasonings, and then chill in refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Divide the rested dough into 4 equal pieces, and form each into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll them out into flat, round cakes about 10 inches in diameter, and spread about 1/2 cup of the filling in the center of each one. Gather one edge around the filling, then go around the opening and pinch the edges together. Gather the dough in the center and pinch to seal. It will look like an oversized dumpling.
  5. In a heavy-bottomed pan on medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. When butter is melted, fry one pie. Lay it seam side-down and cook until browned, then turn over and cook the top until browned (about 4 to 5 minutes per side). Repeat with each pie.
  6. Transfer to a serving platter and brush the tops with some more melted butter. Serve hot or warm. These can be made ahead of time and warmed in a toaster oven.
  7. Note: khachapuri can be baked rather than fried in an oven at 350º F for about 30 minutes. The filling can also be baked in puff pastry (you will need 2 puff pastry sheets: Defrost them, roll each into a 12- by 12-inch square, then cut each into 4 equal squares, fill, and bake at 375° F until golden brown.) If you feel a little lazy, just make the filling and spread it on your favorite toasted bread for crostini.
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8 days ago lapadia

Congratulations Kukla, sounds and looks delicious!

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8 days ago Kukla

Thanks a lot Linda!!

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11 days ago Annie stader

Congratulations! I tested this for the contest and we all loved it. I had to make it again because we couldn't forget about it! I grew up in a small town in NY that had many families who emigrated from the USSR in the fifties. This brought me back to their homes and their wonderful exotic (to me) foods and smells. Thanks:)

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11 days ago Kukla

Thank you so much Annie for the kind congratulations and also for testing and reviewing my recipe! I am glad that making this dish brought back to you pleasant memories!

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11 days ago chef Lisa

Congrats! These look amazing!

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11 days ago Kukla

Thank you chef Lisa!

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11 days ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Warm congratulations, Kukla

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11 days ago Kukla

Thank you kindly, Cynthia for all your wonderful comments!!!

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12 days ago creamtea

Congrats on your win!

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12 days ago Kukla

Thank you creamtea!

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16 days ago healthierkitchen

lovely, Kukla!

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16 days ago Kukla

Thank you healthierkitchen!

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17 days ago DanaM

I love this for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee. Mouthwatering

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17 days ago Kukla

It is really the favorite breakfast dish in our family too!
Thanks for your lovely comment dear Dana!

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17 days ago AntoniaJames

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Kukla, congratulations! What a wonderful treasure you have shared with us. I cannot wait to try making these. You have my vote! ;o)

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17 days ago Kukla

Thanks a lot AJ!!! There is nothing better to make my day than such comment from you!!!

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18 days ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Kukla, I will not only say that I love this, but also that I will definitely make it. What a heavenly concoction of layers of flavor and texture. Yet another of your exquisite culinary-anthropological adventures.

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18 days ago Kukla

What a pleasure and honor to receive such thrilling comment from you Cynthia! I hope you’ll make and like my Khachapuri.

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18 days ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Kukla, it is so great to be in the finals with you. A privilege... Wish you all the best of luck!

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18 days ago Kukla

Thank you so very much QeenSashy!!! I am also very glad to share the honor with you and wish you luck as well!!!

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18 days ago Raisa Galper

Absolutely delicious! The best I have had in quite a while! You definitely a winner as far as I am concerned, and I am sure that many agree!!!!

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18 days ago Kukla

Thank you so very much Raisa! There is nothing better than such nice comment!!!

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18 days ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Kukla, congratulations on being a finalist this is an amazing recipe. So happy for you.

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18 days ago Kukla

Thanks a lot Suzanne for your, as always, kind words!

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about 1 month ago Kukla

Thanks a million Mindy!!!

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about 1 month ago LE BEC FIN

wow, kukla, you really got me with that photo! the brown blistering on the flaky filled dough- what could be more appealing??! Can i move in next door to you please? :-)
p.s. i am so intrigued by your choosing to use soft scrambled eggs instead of the usually-seen beaten eggs. I know it's from your brilliant chef's mind, but what made you think of that? xo

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about 3 years ago Bevi

These sound lovely! The herbs you use sound wonderful.

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about 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you Bevi! Originally the Khachapuri are filled with an assortment of cheeses or with potato and cheese; I added the greens, herbs and the scrambled eggs.

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about 3 years ago PistachioDoughnut

i love this..it reminds me of paranthas, Indian breads...this looks so beautiful..

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about 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you PistashioDoughnut! There are so many similar dishes in all cultures and nations.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Another great recipe Kukla, sounds absolutely delicious! There is nothing better than hot homemade bread flat or otherwise and stuffing it gilds the lilly!

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about 3 years ago Kukla

And I say: There is nothing better than such nice comments from my talented fellow cooks at Food52. Thank you sdebrango!!!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

These sound fantastic! It's interesting how many cultures have a stuffed, bread-like food item. I've not heard of the Georgian version. Thanks for sharing.

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about 3 years ago Kukla

I think there are as many stuffed breads and pies as are cultures on earth. I love to make a very similar version of the Khachapuri: Romanian “Plachinta” and “Vertuta”, Azerbaijani “Kutabi”, which are filled only with herbs and greens or lamb and some times with Pumpkin, and of course, Jewish “Knishes” Russian and Polish “Pirogues” (the kind which is fried or baked), Greek “Spanakopita” and so many more. Thanks a lot for the lovely comment hardlikearmour!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

I want to eat these right now!! Beautiful!

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about 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you very much inpatskitchen! They are delicious either way, fried or baked and you can fill Khachapuri with your favorite edible things.

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about 3 years ago aargersi

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These are beautiful Kukla and they sound delicious! Do you gather the crust in from the sides so that the pie ends up round? Really love this recipe!!

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about 3 years ago Kukla

Yes, you are absolutely right aargersy, I gather the crust in from the sides but some times I fold up the corners like a half open envelope and then pinch them and lightly roll over to insure that the filling doesn’t ooze out. Thanks a lot for your kind comment!!!