Just as there are countless pizza variations around the world, Khachapuri comes in an array of styles, each with its unique twist. The most iconic form is the Adjarian Khachapuri, a boat-shaped bread filled with a molten mix of cheese, butter, and egg. The Imeretian Khachapuri is a round, open-faced version, showcasing the rich cheese filling. Then, there’s the Megruli Khachapuri, where the cheese-stuffed dough is enveloped like a parcel, resembling a calzone.
Each style reflects the distinct traditions of various Georgian regions, offering a glimpse into the country’s diverse culinary heritage. We used to make all kinds of Khachapuri, but then when covid hit, we decided to focus on only one dish – boat-shaped Khachapuri, including not only the classic one but a variety of other flavors.
Khachapuri isn’t just a dish – it’s a cornerstone of Georgian cuisine and culture. Hailing from the picturesque Caucasus region, Khachapuri has a history that dates back centuries. It’s more than just a recipe; it’s a symbol of hospitality, family, and togetherness. Georgian feasts are incomplete without this warm, cheesy bread gracing the table, making it an integral part of celebrations and gatherings.
It’s all about cheese!
Cheese is undoubtedly the star of Khachapuri, and Georgian cheese varieties are as unique as the dish itself. From the tangy and crumbly Sulguni cheese to the stretchy and melty Imeretian cheese, the choice of cheese can transform the flavor and texture of the Khachapuri. Locally produced cheese is often used, adding to the authenticity and depth of flavor.
Creating the perfect Khachapuri is an art that requires patience, skill, and love. The dough is a crucial element, prepared with care to achieve the right balance of softness and chewiness. The cheese filling, often a blend of different cheeses, is seasoned to perfection. Folding and shaping the dough can be a challenge, especially for beginners, but it’s a rewarding process that connects you with generations of Georgian cooks.
We believe that Khachapuri embodies the spirit of Georgia – a country that welcomes you with open arms and a warm slice of cultural heritage. So, the next time you’re craving comfort food, consider going beyond pizza and embarking on a Khachapuri adventure that will tantalize your taste buds and nourish your soul.