Wherever you go in Georgia, you can be sure to eat khachapuri at least once a day. These national cheese breads come in various shapes. The Imeretian khachapuri is a round pie filled with cheese and by far the most common. If you like excess, try the Mingrelian version, which is similar, but topped with even more cheese.
Traditionally the cheese is homemade and the dough made with yeast, but this recipe can be prepared quickly using baking powder and cheese from the market. The mixture of mozzarella and feta is commonly used outside of Georgia. With a little bit of practice, you can have a delicious cheese bread made from scratch in about an hour!
The national day of Georgia is on May 26th and as a foodie you should of course celebrate by making this recipe for the national dish of Georgia!
About the Country Chef
Florian Pinel was born in France and now lives in New York. He works as a computer science researcher during the week (IBM Chef Watson), and cooks in his spare time. He’s been traveling to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union regularly since his early teens. His blog, foodperestroika.com, gathers recipes, travel stories, and other food writings about the Eastern Bloc.
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