Georgia is a country fraught with a tumultuous history war, tribe factions, and Soviet Era deprivation. However, despite that, there are some very excellent things that have been exported to the rest of the world since the opening of its borders. Namely khachapuri.
Khachapuri is Georgia’s answer to pizza, and every region has its own unique rendition of this nationally renowned cheese bread. In Adjaria, the dough is usually shaped into a boat, which holds a cargo of cheese, a half stick of butter, and a raw egg that cooks in front of you at the table. This is probably the most well-known version of this dish outside of Georgia.
However, you can also find Abkhazian khachapuri (achma), which is more akin to a cheese lasagna or kugel. Then there is Emeruli khachapuri, the most common household type. This version is more like a gigantic, layered stuffed crust.
Adjarian khachapuri (georgian cheese bread). Adjarian Khachapuri is another version of Georgian cheese bread. The dish originated in the seaside region of Georgia, Adjara. This kind of khachapuri has a boat-like shape and is served with a fresh egg in the middle of cheese along with a generous chunk of butter on the top. In order to cook Adjaruli khachapuri you will definitely need fresh, high-quality cheese to start with. #აჭარულიხაჭაპური #ხაჭაპური #ყველი #მიყვარსხაჭაპური #აჭარა #adjara #adjariankhachapuri #khachapuri #georgia #travel
Imeretians form their cheese filled bread boats into a circle. Ossetians add potatoes to the dish. Then there are the Svaneti who add layers of herbs and greens to this cheesy indulgence.
In fact, there are so many different types of khachapuri that the Tbilisi State University allegedly developed an economic calculation called the “khachapuri index” to track Georgia’s inflation rate through the price of this national cheese bread.
Every version of khachapuri is, however, delicious. And just to give you an idea of how good it can be, here are 4 of those traditional recipes for you to try out.
1. Ajarian Khachapuri
This boat of cheese will leave you ultra satisfied. Filled until it’s brimming with cheese and butter, this bread pocket is put into the oven until it is beautifully browed. As soon as it comes out, you crack an egg in the middle and watch as it continues to cook and give a glossy finish to this unusual dish.
Get the recipe here.
2. Filled Georgian Khachapuri
This filled and layered version of the dish is another gorgeous presentation. Rather than a pizza this variation will seem more like a turnover and therefore appropriate at almost any meal.
Serve this khachapuri for breakfast with a hot cup of deeply fragrant tea. Or portion it out for lunch with a fresh heirloom tomato salad and you will fall in love with this fabulous dish.
Get the recipe here.
3. Kale Khachapuri
Rip off the corners, dip it into the egg yolk, and take a moment to enjoy the sensory experience.
Similar to a traditional recipe, these khachapuris incorporate some kale so that you can at least pretend you’re getting a healthy dose of vegetables with your meal. Get the recipe here.
3. Amerikeli Khachapuri
For those of you who want an easy version, here is the American fix. Created by an American expat in Georgia, this pastry dough-filled cheesy concoction uses only American ingredients.
According to her, it’s as authentic as you can get without actually being in Georgia. Get the recipe here.