Khachapuri Adjaruli is a mouthwatering variation of the popular Georgian cheese bread, known for its unique boat shape. Originating from the region of Adjara, this indulgent dish features a boat-shaped bread filled with a generous amount of melted cheese, a runny egg, and a knob of butter. The combination of the warm, stretchy cheese, the creamy egg, and the buttery crust creates a heavenly symphony of flavors and textures. Khachapuri Adjaruli is often enjoyed as a decadent breakfast or brunch dish, perfect for savoring and dipping chunks of bread into the cheese and egg mixture.
For the Dough:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
For the Filling:
- 2 cups grated cheese (a mixture of feta and mozzarella works well)
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup melted butter
In a small bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Stir gently and let it sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast activates and becomes frothy.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the activated yeast mixture and vegetable oil. Mix until a dough forms.
Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a separate bowl, mix together the grated cheese, crumbled feta cheese, and eggs until well combined.
Divide the dough into two equal portions. Roll out each portion into a circle or oval shape, about 1/4-inch thick.
Place half of the cheese filling onto one side of the dough, leaving a small border around the edges. Fold the other half of the dough over the filling and pinch the edges to seal. Repeat with the second portion of dough and filling.
Transfer the khachapuri onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with melted butter.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the crust turns golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Remove from the oven and let the khachapuri cool for a few minutes. Cut into slices and serve warm.
Enjoy your homemade Khachapuri! It’s best enjoyed fresh out of the oven when the cheese is gooey and the crust is crispy. Serve it as a meal on its own or as a side dish with a salad or soup.