Khachapuri : Georgia’s original cheeseburst

We had a sumptuous dinner when our Georgian friends took us out for a Khachapuri dinner in Tbilisi one evening. And as all Georgian dinners go, we started off with some Georgian bread, tomato and cucumber salad, walnut filled aubergines along with the distinctive tasting Natakhtari lemonade.

Khachapuri Adjaruli, Tbilisi
First course with Khachapuri Adjaruli, Tbilisi

The main course was the famous Adjaruli Khachapuri. According to Wikipedia, Khachapuri (Georgian: ???????? – Kha?’ap’uri or “cheese bread”) is a filled bread dish from Georgia. The bread is leavened and allowed to rise, and is shaped in various ways. The filling contains cheese (fresh or aged, most commonly suluguni), eggs and other ingredients

Adjaruli Khachapuri in Tbilisi, Georgia
Adjaruli Khachapuri aka Georgian Cheese Boat Breads

The Adjarian aka Acharuli/Adjaruli khachapuri is created in the form of an open boat and the hot pie is topped with raw egg and a pat of butter before serving. The Adjarian version of the Georgian cheese bread is a specialty of the province of Adjara in Georgia.

Khachapuri in Tbilisi
Eating Adjarian Khachapuri starts with mixing up the sulguni cheese with the butter and raw egg.

There is a method to eating this decadent offering. The slightly sour-salty sulguni cheese is mixed with butter and egg yolk. The thick outer covering – baked till it is golden brown is then broken down and gobbled using the mixture as a cheese dip.
Its heavenly to say the least.

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The well baked, crusty pieces of this Georgian cheese bread are consumed using the mixture of cheese, egg and butter as a sauce

We partook this delightful dinner in a restaurant in Old Tbilisi and thanked the wonderful chef as we left.

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Thanking the chef – inside the restaurant where we had Khachapuri in Old Tbilisi.

Check out how to make the original Adjariani cheese bread here.

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