Bri Meets World: Georgian Adjaruli Khachapuri

Oh my goodness! This was my first recipe for the “Bri Meets World” series, and oh my gosh it was so good! The recipe was sent in by Maja from Away With Maja. I am so glad she showed me this fun dish. When I first read over the recipe, I was pretty nervous to try to make it. I have never made dough before, so making it from scratch as well as having to shape it into a boat?! I was nervous. Thankfully, Maja made everything clear in her post about the recipe, which you can check out here.

Khachapuri is a very popular dish throughout Georgia. It is so popular that the cost of making one is used to measure inflation between Georgian cities.  There are also many different versions of the dish. I did a little research about the version we are making today and found it interesting that there is actually a reason to the dish being in the shape of a boat. The shape represents the sun (egg), the sea (filling), and the boat (dough), and is believed to have originated from the Laz people who were sailors. 

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Adjaruli Khachapuri

A staple dish of Georgia made of bread, egg, and cheese. This version is boat shaped, and is believed to originate from the Laz people.
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Servings: 4 boats
Cost: $15

Equipment

  • Rolling Pin
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Baking Pan

Ingredients

The Dough

  • ¾ cup Warm water
  • ¾ cup Warm milk
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 cups Flour
  • tsp Salt

The Filling

  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 6 oz. Feta Cheese crumbled
  • 2 tbsp Butter

Instructions

Making The Dough

  • Mix the water, milk, and sugar in a bowl large enough to hold all of the dough.
  • Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and let stand for 5-10 minutes. This allows the yeast to activate and become foamy.
  • After the mixture foams, mix in the yeast, then mix in the olive oil.
  • Add the salt, then start to mix the flour in. You will want to add in a little at a time, mixing until you see dough form.
  • Flour a flat surface (I used the kitchen counter), then knead the dough for 10 minutes. Knead the dough until it feels soft, and isn't sticky.
  • Put the dough into a bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Keep the bowl in a warm place, and let the dough rise for about 1.5 hours. You want to see it double in size from what you put into the bowl.
  • Once the dough has risen, put two fingers into the dough, and if the indentations stay, the dough is ready.
  • Punch the dough down in to the bowl, then divide the dough into 4 pieces. Try to make them as even as possible!
  • Roll out the dough into more of a rectangle shape. Once it is rolled out, roll each side towards the middle so they meet. Then pinch the ends together and twist. Once the ends are in place, shape the boat by bringing the sides outward into an oval. I also pinched the sides up once it was in a boat shape to make the sides a little taller.
  • Transfer the boats to a greased baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 475°.
  • Now it is time to make the filling!

Making the Filling and Putting it Together

  • Mix the mozzarella, feta, and one egg.
  • Crack one egg into a separate bowl, and mix well.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash around the sides and points of the boats.
  • Spoon in ¼ of the filling into each bowl. Make an indent in the filling of each boat, right in the middle.
  • Bake the cheese filled boats for 12-15 minutes, until golden.
  • Take out of the oven, and again brush the egg wash over the sides and points of the boat. Crack an egg into the indented part of each boat.
  • Put back in the over and bake for another 3-5 minutes. They are finished baking when the egg has set and the yolk starts to turn white.
  • Enjoy with a chunk of butter on top!

Notes

This recipe was brought to you by Maja from Away With Maja!
Here is what she had to say about the recipe.
"Adjaruli khachapuri is a cheesy bread from the country of Georgia, and this popular version is specifically from the Adjara region. After trying Georgian food for the first time on a trip to Eastern Europe, I decided to go to Georgia the following year to enjoy more of the delicious Georgian cuisine! For adjaruli khachapuri, the bread is shaped into a boat, filled with cheese, and topped with butter and an egg. To eat, you mix together the cheese and egg with a fork. Then, rip off pieces of the bread to dunk into the mixture. It's great as a tasty main course, but also perfect as appetizers if you're sharing with others!"
 
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2 thoughts on “Bri Meets World: Georgian Adjaruli Khachapuri

  1. It was sooo good! I was so nervous to make it, but luckily you made the directions easy to follow. Thank you!

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