The long history of food is punctuated by moments of pure genius – just think about how people must have felt before the invention of pizza, or the Philly cheesesteak for that matter?! These are great examples of moments of inspiration that changed the way we eat forever. A similar moment of genius took place once upon a time in the distant country of Georgia nestled in the Caucasus mountain range near Russia, and the result was the simple yet brilliantly indulgent Khachapuri! Here at NetCost Market, we want to introduce you to this wonderful food and tell you how you can change your life by making it at home!
So, what is Khachapuri?
It’s pretty simple – it’s a boat-shaped bread that’s topped with cheese, butter, and an egg that’s baked in a clay oven. The result is a somewhat pizza-style dough topped with an indulgent creamy filling that’s perfect for ripping and dipping! It’s a national treasure in Georgia, and we’re still shocked that it hasn’t made a bigger impact over here in the US, but we’re sure that once it catches on, it’ll be here to stay!
How to make it at home
Okay, so enough about how amazing it is. We’re sure you really want to know how you can get one of these out the oven and into your stomach, ASAP! Here is everything you need to know about making the perfect Khachapuri at home!
Ingredients (makes 4):
To make the dough: 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp dry active yeast, 1 tbsp granulated sugar, 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup water, ½ cup milk, 1 tbsp olive oil.
To make the filling: 1 ½ cup Sulguni cheese, 1 ½ cup shredded mozzarella, 1 ½ cup Imeretian cheese, 4 eggs, 1 egg yolk, unsalted butter.
Note: The type of cheese you use is optional – cheddar, gouda, and emmental cheeses all work well too!
How to make:
- In a bowl, combine the salt, yeast, and flour.
- Separately, heat the water and milk to about 115F and then add this to the bowl of dry ingredients.
- Knead the dough – if you have a kitchen aid, use the hook attachment. If not, do it the old-fashioned way! You’ll know it’s done once it starts getting a smooth, stretchy complexion
- Add the oil to the dough and knead this through for another minute or so.
- Drizzle some oil into a deep bowl and spread it around to cover the whole surface before placing the dough in, covering to make it airtight with cling wrap.
- Place the dough in a warm place for at least 60 minutes to allow it to rise.
- Push back the dough by knocking the air out of it – kneading it four or five times should do the job. Cover again and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 450F.
- Meanwhile, mix the cheeses together in a bowl.
- Remover the dough from the oiled bowl and place it on a floured surface.
- Split it into 4 equal sized pieces.
- Roll each piece into a circle about 9 inches across, and for each, fold the sides of the circle in about 1 inch on opposite sides to make it an oval shape. Pinch the ends to give it that “boat” shape that so defining of the Khachapuri!
- Transfer each of the boats on to a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
- Liberally apply the cheese mixture to the well in the middle of the boat.
- Brush the sides with beaten egg yolk.
- Bake for about 15 minutes until the crust becomes golden brown.
- Take the khachapuri out of the oven, and using the back of a spoon, make a small well in the cheese and then crack an egg into it.
- Return to the oven for 5 minutes and then serve immediately!
Here at NetCost Market, we really think this indulgent delight could take off in the US, and if our description of this fantastic food has got your mouth watering, then what are you waiting for?! Go ahead and make one for yourself!