Bready or Not Original: Khachapuri

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Let’s start the new year in cheesy fashion! Here’s my take on khachapuri, aka Georgian cheese bread. It’s pretty much the ultimate dish if you like bread and cheese.

Bready or Not Original: Khachapuri

This is an original recipe, which I made from studying about four other recipes. I have no way of knowing if this, or the recipes I pull from, are authentic. Really, they can’t be. Those of us in the US likely can’t get the real-deal cheeses, but I did try to go more authentic than some of the other recipe suggestions.

Bready or Not Original: Khachapuri

Butterk√§se is carried by some supermarkets in the US, especially the Roth brand out of Wisconsin. If you can’t find that, go for a good melter like mozzarella or havarti.

Bulgarian feta is moister than typical domestic fetas and also doesn’t have as strong of a salty flavor. I’ve found that it is regularly carried in Grocery Outlets in California and in larger Asian/European grocery stores. Can’t find it? Go for another moist feta.

Bready or Not Original: Khachapuri

Traditional Khachapuri is topped with an egg. Mine is not, because my husband hates eggs. I knew he wouldn’t even want to see a runny egg on my portion!

I include advice on reheating leftovers as well. I can testify that this dish reheats beautifully in the oven.

Bready or Not Original: Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread)

This wondrous food is essentially a bread boat filled with cheese. Make this for several people, or plan on leftovers–the bread is soft and dense, and the cheese is rich! Makes two khachapuri.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Georgian
Keyword: cheese, yeast bread
Servings: 4
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • food scale
  • parchment paper
  • pizza stone

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Filling

  • 9 ounces butterk√§se also known as butter cheese, shredded (substitute mozzarella or havarti)
  • 7 ounces Bulgarian feta broken apart with fork (substitute other moist feta)
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 large eggs for topping, optional
  • fresh basil or other chopped herbs or red pepper flakes for topping, optional

Instructions

To make the dough

  • Warm the milk and water together, in the microwave or on the stove, to about 110-degrees. Transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Stir in sugar and yeast. Let stand about 10 minutes to start bubbling; if the room is cold, cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel to encourage warmth.
  • Add the flour and salt to the bowl. Beat using a dough hook for about five minutes, or longer if by hand, to form a soft dough. Move to a larger greased bowl and cover, letting rise for an hour to an hour and a half.

Shape and fill the khachapuri

  • Combine the two cheeses in a bowl. Mash in the egg to completely incorporate.
  • Lightly flour a work surface. Turn out the dough onto the surface, dividing in half. Form each into a round; set one aside. Use a rolling pin to extend a piece of dough to be about ten inches across. Lift it onto parchment paper. Repeat with the other piece of dough, either fitting onto the same parchment or a second piece.
  • Spoon half the cheese mixture into the middle of a bread sheet, spreading out to about an inch from the edge. Fold the bare edge over to meet the cheese, shaping it into a cheese canoe, pinching the ends together and twisting to seal. Repeat with the second half.
  • Preheat oven at 450-degrees and place pizza stone in oven to heat up. Let khachapuri rise for 30 minutes.
  • Carefully pull out the pizza stone. Use parchment to lift khachapuris onto the stone. Bake for 12 minutes. If adding the traditional cracked egg to top each piece, then do so now. In any case, turn around khachapuri and bake for another 4 minutes. Crust should be browned with cheese fully melted.
  • Let set for 10 minutes. If desired, add chopped basil, red pepper flakes, or other herbs. Serve!

OM NOM NOM!

    Notes

    To heat up leftover khachapuri, preheat oven at 475-degrees. Wrap khachapuri in foil. Bake for 20 minutes, then check. Pull back foil to cover crust to reduce browning it too much, then bake another 5 to 10 minutes, until cheese is soft and gooey in the middle.