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Khachapuri - anyone ever made it?

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This cheese-filled flatbread looks really interesting. First off, it's from the country Georgia, a country I hardly ever hear about. Another thing is it's got a cheese filling, not at all comon for flatbread, as far as I know. It's also used as a standard for measuring inflation in some cities in Georgia! Then there's this video with really creepy music and what looks like an expert making the bread.

 

 

Have any of you made it? I wish I could have a taste of it now. I might give it a try.

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It's also kind of fascinating that their word "puri" means bread, and that's also a kind of bread in India.

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Oddly enough I was thinking about this recently.  Saw one recipe where yogurt was used in the dough.  Thought it might be a nice thing to go with some home made kupati, a pork sausage made with pomegranate seeds, also from the same area.  Will have to try it soon.

 

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I never got to the end of the video; I'm having some connection difficulties today.  But it sure looked good in the preparation stage.

 

Our local ethnic Georgians (from the country, not the state) make them boat shaped with an egg, as I depicted my replica version.  The dough is often a regular pizza dough but I think that is completely out of convenience rather than tradition.  They own a pizza shop.  I like it better when the dough uses keefer as the liquid, or a mix of water and sour cream.  Filling is feta and mozz at about the same 60-40 ratio as mentioned in the video, but the egg is not added to the cheese filling but put into the boat when it is almost finished baking.

 

The version in the video looks yummy, sort of like a Parota that migrated north with some Bengali families.

 

Regarding the music... if you  find that creepy then maybe you need to move to a more ethically-diverse area.  In my neighborhood there are at least 6 different cultures represented... each with their own distinctively "creepy" music.  It really does take time and patience to be able to listen to it.  :)

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p.s.  The egg is completely overcooked in my version.  It should be sunny-up... but my family won't eat it that way so the one with the runny yolk is mine (it accidentally broke) and the overcooked ones (which still taste good) are theirs.  We are not ethnic Georgian so honoring the tradition is not quite as important as it is for others.

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Thanks, Brian, that looks great! By the way, I was kind of kidding about the music, and it was Halloween and all. Should I be more ethnically diverse? I spent most of my first 16 years in India, the rest mostly in Oregon, and I can read and write in Hindi and German. Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to assume?

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OK, I'll retract my suggestion that you diversify.  Maybe it is I who should.  My only foreign travels have been a couple of miles into Canada and Mexico, the UK and one terrifying week in Germany where I proved to myself that when people say "everyone in Germany speaks English" that doesn't mean that they want to or will speak English.  I much prefer experiencing the ethic diversity of my neighborhood (Vietnamese, Pilipino, Armenian, Mexican, various other Central Americans, plus a few Kurds, Chinese and Koreans) from the comfort of the couch in my living room.  :)

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