Skip the Pizza and Make This Cheese-Stuffed Bread Instead
Chow down on this simple recipe for khachapuri, the delicious Georgian cheese bread that might be pizza's realest competitor in the comfort food circuit.
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"With a little bit of practice, you can have a delicious gut bomb made from scratch in about an hour."
So says Florian Pinel, who gave us this recipe for the Georgian (the country, not the state) cheese bread known as khachapuri.
You think you know a thing or two about a fresh-baked crust filled with gooey mozzarella, right? Surely we must be talking about (what seems like) the most beloved food on Earth: pizza.
But imagine something a little fluffier, a little more buttery, with soft hunks of warm feta mixed into its cheesy interior and perhaps even a baked egg as a crown. Suppose that it came not from Italy, but from Georgia, the nation nestled on the border of Europe and Asia.
Intrigued yet? This is your new favorite snack: . And sure, it bears a passing resemblance to other cheesy breads you've favorited on Pinterest, but it's also an edible phenomenon all its own.
Its crust is leavened to doughy perfection, and its shape is often more football-ish than round. And while we have nothing but mad love for pizza, a staggering 88 percent of Georgians would rather chow down on their beloved khachapuri. For good reason, we might add—it's delicious.
On top of making your house smell like the cheese ward of carb heaven, this recipe is straightforward and simple with great rewards. Make a simple dough of flour, egg, yogurt, salt, and butter, let it rise, then stuff it with the double-whammy mozzarella-feta mixture. Bake it with an egg on top if you wish, for a little extra richness.
So skip the pizza tonight and make this instead. Your midnight dollar slice will still be there for you tomorrow.