March 17, 2021

GEORGIAN CHEESE BREAD (ADJARULI KHACHAPURI) WITH BROCCOLI

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Adjaruli Khachapuri is a bread boat filled with hot bubbling cheese and runny egg. It is a beloved Georgian comfort dish and total food porn. My take on it also contains broccoli and red pepper flakes for heat. 

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli
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I’m sucker for anything with a runny egg. Khachapuri, with its runny yolk and hot oozy cheese served on top of a bed of bread, always has me swooning! This cheese bread has been called the national dish of Georgia. Heck! I think it should be the supreme dish of the world!!

First of all, if you’re not familiar with the geography of Georgia the country, it is located in the Caucasus region at the intersection Western Asia and Eastern Europe. And khachapuri (the K is silent) comes from the word khacho which means “cheese curd” and puri which means “bread”. Variations of the dish exists from one Georgian region to the next, differing in presentation and ingredients. The commonality among them are bread and cheese. Adjaruli (or Adjarian) Khachapuri comes from the Adjara seaside region on the Black Sea. The locale is the inspiration for the canoe-like shape, and the yellow egg yolk symbolizes the sun. 


Khachapuri is popular in Georgian restaurants and as street food, not to mention as a made at home dish. Commonly served as breakfast or a meal, it could also be shared as an appetizer or a snack. Traditionally, a soft  yeast bread is used as the base. Hot molten sulguni or a combination of sulguni and imeruli cheese fill the center. It is topped with an egg which is cooked until the whites are just barely set and served immediately with a pat of butter.

Traditional khachapuri is made with a soft yeast bread dough, but I use store bought pizza dough for convenience. Since sulguni and imeruli cheeses are not available in this country, many recipes use a combination of mozzarella and feta, which provide similar flavor and melting characteristics as the traditional cheeses. I think it’s a tasty combo! My version also contains chopped onion for slight sweetness and light crunch as well as broccoli for color...and because I love roasted broccoli. For added flavor and slight kick, red pepper flakes finish off the khachapuri.

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli


Recipe highlights:
  • Divide pizza dough into two equal parts. Keep one covered while working rolling out the first.
  • Roll each into flat ovals approximately 12” x 9”.
  • Transfer onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. 
  • Combine mozzarella, feta, and onion. Spread equal amount onto each oval. 
  • Fold in the sides, then pinch and twist the ends to resemble a boat shape.
  • Top with broccoli and brush dough with a beaten egg.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Create well in the center then add an egg. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.


  • Continue to bake for 5-7 minutes or until the whites are just set.
  • Rub crust with a chunk of butter and place the rest of the butter chunk into the cheese. Serve immediately.
  • Refer to the recipe card below for detailed instructions and tips.

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli


Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli

How to eat khachapuri?

Georgian cheese bread is meant to be eaten by hand. Start by tearing off the tip then dipping and swirling it into hot runny egg and the gooey cheese. Continue to tear or cut chunks of bread and dipping them into the eggy cheese mixture as you eat (but don’t double dip if you’re sharing!!). 


Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli

Can I make cheese substitutions?

The cheese combo provided in this recipe is delicious, but feel free to experiment. Add a third cheese or use your own favorite combination. Cheese that melt easily are optimal for that dippable quality. 

Some cheese might be watery and create small puddles of water during baking. If this happens, fold up a paper towel into a wedge and dap off the liquid.

By the way, get creative with your own add-ins! 

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli

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GEORGIAN CHEESE BREAD (ADJARULI KHACHAPURI) WITH BROCCOLI

Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri) with Broccoli


INGREDIENTS:

1 (16-18 ounce) round is pizza dough
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup feta cheese crumbles
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli florets 
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 eggs, whole 
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
Flour for dusting work surface 

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INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Divide pizza dough in half. Lightly cover one half while working on the other half.
  3. Dust work surface with flour. Roughly shape dough into an oval. Use a rolling pin to roll dough into an oval approximately 12” x 9”. Rotate dough 90 degrees as you roll to prevent sticking. Dust the top of the dough and work surface with flour if dough begins to stick. 
  4. Cover dough with a greased plastic wrap as you roll the renaming half of the dough.
  5. Transfer both ovals onto a parchment paper. Use a rolling pin to roll and reshape the dough. Slide dough and parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
  6. Combine cheeses and onion in a bowl. Spread half of the cheese mixture onto each oval, creating a slightly thicker mound of cheese towards the center. Leave a 1-inch bare border on the long sides and 2-inch on the shorter ends.
  7. Starting on one of the longer sides of the  oval,  roll or fold in the dough just enough to create a lip taller than the level of the cheese. Repeat on the opposite side.
  8. On the short ends, fold in the tips and twist to seal. 
  9. Add half of the broccoli florets to each.
  10. Brush the dough with beaten egg.
  11. Bake for 12 minutes. The crust should be golden brown. Remove from oven. Using a spoon, create a well in the center of each khachapuri. Crack an egg into each well. Sprinkle entire surface with red pepper flakes.
  12. Return to the oven. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the whites are just set.
  13. For each khachapuri, rub a chunk of butter onto bread. Cut butter in half. Tuck into the cheese mixture on either side of the egg. Serve immediately.
  14. To eat: tear one of the tip off the bread, use it to swirl the egg and butter into the cheese. Continue to tear or cut off pieces of bread and dipping into the cheese mixture as you eat.

Makes 2 main dish servings.


Recipe Notes:
  1. Allow refrigerated pizza dough to rest about 1 hour at room temperature prior to use. If it springs back and won’t hold its shape when rolled out with a rolling pin, cover lightly and allow to sit 15 minutes. Attempt to roll dough again. Repeat the 15 minute rest cycle if needed.
  2. If some areas of the bread darken too quickly during baking, cover the areas with a small pieces of foil.
  3. The eggs are undercooked by design. They continue to cook once stirred into the hot cheese. If you want to cook the eggs longer, feel free to do so.
  4. I have not tried this with regular bread dough, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If the dough could be rolled out and holds its shape, it should work.


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4 comments:

  1. Wow! This looks so good. I love that you used pizza dough. This will be a winner in our house!

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    1. Thank you so much Abbe.I’m glad your family would like it! The ready made pizza dough makes it easier and faster to tackle than homemade dough.

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  2. These are stunning and would be perfect for a nice brunch (someday I will entertain again). As usual you pictures are very helpful in making something that could be intimidating look doable!

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    1. I hope that day will be here soon. I’m glad the pictures are inspiring you to try it someday! I used store bought pizza dough to make it as easy as possible replicate :)

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