Turn brunch into an adventure with this Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread). Boat-shaped bread stuffed with three kinds of cheese, eggs, and butter, this scrumptious meal is sure to be the talk of the table.Jump to Recipe
Have you ever wanted to eat pizza for breakfast? Me too! With my simplified version of a classic Khachapuri or Georgian Cheese Bread, now you can.
Made with your choice of homemade or store-bought pizza dough, this recipe quickly comes together and is sure to wow your guests. A literal boatload of flavor, you can’t go wrong with cheese, butter, and eggs surrounded by fresh bread for dipping.
Experimenting with Flavors
I’ve used feta, ricotta, and mozzarella for the cheese mixture in my Khachapuri adaptation, but luckily the recipe is super flexible and you’re free to add any favorites you like. I recommend keeping the mozzarella as a base but feel free to add in others such as goat cheese, cheddar, or Monterey Jack for an added zing.
I’ve garnished the dough of my Khachapuri with my absolute favorite topper, Everything But The Bagel Seasoning. This gives the bread a great crunch, but you could also use chili flakes, green onion, or Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch. If you like more heat, slice up a jalapeno and pop them in!
Shaping the Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread)
Your pizza dough will be split in half, then split again into 4 balls. Use a rolling pin to flatten one ball of dough into a 9-10” oval. Move it to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place your cheese mixture on top.
To shape the Khachapuri, roll the long sides of the dough towards the center 2 to 3 times, and repeat on the other side until the dough resembles the shape of a boat. Pinch and twist each narrow end of the dough closed so the cheese and egg-goodness doesn’t spill out.
A FEW THINGS I’VE LEARNED AFTER MAKING The Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread):
- It makes the perfect shareable snack or meal.
- It still tastes great if you decide to omit the eggs.
- If using store-bought dough, let it rest on the counter at room temperature for at least an hour to allow the yeast to settle.
- You can make the pizza dough ahead of time and freeze it for convenience.
- Don’t push the cheese mixture into the dough, just sprinkle it on top instead. This will allow the dough to remain fluffy.
- Adding the Everything But The Bagel Seasoning to the edges of the dough was a great choice, as it adds more flavor and crunch.
- It’s not traditional to Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread), but try adding a little heat for a flavor kick. I would recommend chili flakes, your favorite hot sauce, or Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch.
When to enjoy the khachapuri?
Khachapuri is best enjoyed right out of the oven when the cheese is still bubbling and gooey. Stirred together, the cheese, egg, and butter form the most delicious and decadent combination. Definitely a must-try!
Perfect for Parties
We now know that the Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread) is great to share with family and friends, especially for breakfast or brunch. For a fun party idea, invite your guests over in the morning and have small portions of dough prepared ahead of time. Layout a bunch of different cheeses, toppings, and flavor-enhancers so everyone can make their own Khachapuri just how they like.
Looking for more savoury breakfast ideas?
If you’re a fan of savoury breakfasts like me, definitely check out these other delicious recipes:
- BREAKFAST EGG BREAD BOWLS
- LOW-CARB BREAKFAST BOWL
- INSTANT POT EGG BITES
- TURKISH EGGS
- ONE SHEET PAN SWEET POTATO BREAKFAST
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Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread)
- 1 cup feta cheese
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tbsp onion salt from Trader Joe's or dried dill
- 2 eggs + 1 for egg wash
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
- for spice, add red pepper flakes or Trader Joe's Chili Onion Crunch, optional
- green onion for garnish, finely chopped
Store-bought dough instructions
- Place cold dough in a bowl with a touch of oil, and swirl it around to coat the dough. Cover with a tea towel and let it rest for at least an hour. Punch down the dough to release any air bubbles.
Preparing the Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread)
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF. I use a convection oven. Increase the temperature to 375ºF to work in a still oven. Watch the cooking time.
- For the cheese filling, add mozzarella, feta, ricotta cheese, and onion salt or dried dill to a bowl. Mix all together.
- Divide the dough in half, then create 2 balls. Roll one piece of dough into a 9-10” oval, about 1⁄8” thick.
- Place the rolled dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and begin filling the center with the cheese mixture, leaving a 1⁄2” border all the way around.
- Roll the left side of the dough toward the center 2-3 times so it overlaps with the cheese. Repeat on the opposite side. The Khachapuri will start to form a boat shape.
- Pinch and twist both narrow ends of the dough twice to seal.
- Brush the edges of the dough with egg wash, and top with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning (optional) while it's still wet.
- Place the baking sheet with the Khachapuri in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove the Khachapuri from the oven and form a well in the center of the cheese. Crack an egg into the well. Break 1 tbsp of unsalted butter into several pieces and drop them in the cheese.
- Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the egg is cooked. Remove from the oven and enjoy while the Khachapuri is still warm and the cheese is gooey. Sprinkle with some green onions and additional spicy toppings if you'd like.