Adjarian Khachapuri

Khachapuri is a pillowy, boat-shape bread with a filling of creamy cheeses and sunny egg yolks. This Georgian cheese flatbread is traditionally made with sunflower oil. If you can't find it, substitute a neutral-tasting oil, such as grapeseed or canola oil. To serve, either slice the boats crosswise or tear off pieces of the bread and dip them into the rich, cheesy filing.

looking down at a single Adjarian Khachapuri on a plate
Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 khachapuri

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk, heated to lukewarm (110° to 115°F)

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • ¾ teaspoon sugar

  • 3 cups flour, plus more for dusting

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil, plus more for brushing

  • ¾ teaspoon plus a pinch of kosher salt

  • 2 ¼ cups shredded whole-milk mozzarella cheese

  • ½ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Directions

  1. Whisk together milk, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl. Let stand, covered with a kitchen towel, until mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Sift flour into milk mixture. Add oil and 3/4 teaspoon salt; stir with a rubber spatula until mixture is well combined and a shaggy dough forms. Transfer to a work surface and shape into a ball; knead until smooth and soft but slightly sticky, about 5 minutes.

  3. Shape dough into a ball and lightly brush with oil; transfer to a large bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm (70 to 80 degrees F (21 to 26 degrees C)) place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Stir together mozzarella and ricotta in a small bowl. Season with remaining pinch of salt; stir to combine.

  5. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Roll each into a 5x8-inch oval, about 1/4 inch thick, on a lightly floured work surface. Spread about 1/4 cup cheese mixture over each oval, leaving a 11/2-inch border uncovered. Fold the long edges of each oval inward to meet at the center and pinch the seam together tightly to seal in cheese mixture. Turn dough over, so the seam side is down. Use a small, sharp knife to make a shallow lengthwise slit down the center of the top layer of dough, stopping within 1 inch of each end. Use your fingers to roll each long edge away from the slit and tuck it under to create a rolled border, sealing in some of the cheese mixture.

  6. Evenly divide and spread remaining cheese mixture (about 1/4 cup each) in the centers of each flatbread, lightly pressing into dough. Arrange flatbreads 2 to 3 inches apart on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Cover with a kitchen towel in a warm place (70° to 80°F) until slightly puffed, 25 to 30 minutes.

  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  8. Bake, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until edges are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Use a spoon to make a well in the center of the filling in each flatbread. Put an egg yolk in each well. Bake until yolks are thickened but still runny, 30 to 40 seconds more.

  9. Transfer flatbreads to a serving platter. Top each with 1/2 tablespoon butter. Stir yolks into melted cheese. Serve hot.

Cook's Notes:

As you tuck and roll the dough edges to create the sides of each bread boat, some of the cheese mixture gets sealed inside the border.

Fill, then flip! Spread cheesy filling over the dough, pinch it together to seal, then flip and cut a clean slit on the other side.

After baking, stir in the egg yolk while the filling is still piping hot. The residual heat of the hot cheese further cooks the egg.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

715 Calories
31g Fat
78g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 715
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 16g 82%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 814mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 30g
Potassium 292mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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