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Hachapuri. Cheesy boats

Hachapuri is a traditional Georgian dish. It’s not really traditional Russian dish however as you know Georgia was a part of a Soviet Union for a long time, our nations, culture and traditions are very closely related. In traditional Russian cuisine you can also find a Belorussian, Armenian, Ukrainian and many other ex-SU courses with their own distinctive features.

There are many hachapuri recipe variations, my favorite is Adzharian hachapuri, but I cook them by my own way. I find that when I have friends over for a games night, including a PartyPoker (http://www.partypoker.com/) tournament, these always go down really well. You will need to spend a less of time to get them done than in a classic receipt, moreover it’s a bit hard to find the ingredients which a traditional receipt requires.

Hachapuri. Cheezy boats

Hachapuri. Cheezy boats

To cook hachapuri we need a leavened dough and a filling.  I always make dough in a bread maker, it does a great job of making dough, it’s very simple and doesn’t take more than a 45 minutes. Yield: 3-4 hachapuri, 3-4 servings.

Dough ingredients:

165 ml warm milk = 5.6 fl oz

1 egg

50 gram melted butter = 1.8 oz

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

300 gram flour = 0.7 lb

1.5 teaspoon undissolved yeast (I always use Dr.Oetker the best yeast I ever tried)

if you don’t have a bread maker, mix egg, melted butter, sugar, salt and milk in a medium bowl, mix flour and undissolved yeast in separate bowl, than add to flour mixture, blend all ingredients together (by hand). Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until dough almost cleans your arm, add more flour if it would be necessary. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 15 to 20 minutes. Gather dough into the clean bowl, cover,  let rest in a warm draft-free place for 45-60 minutes until doubled in size.

Filling:

500 gram Adygei cheese, grated. It’s texture is like a cottage or farm cheese.

I prepared everything we need to cook hachapuri - dough and grated cheese:

gough and grated cheese

dough and grated cheese

Shape dough into 3 or more equal-size balls. Roll each ball, using floured rolling pin or your own hands:

roll dough using your own hands

roll dough using your own hands

Cover with cheese:

cover with cheese

cover with cheese

than pinch each side of hachapuri leaving the top of it opened, try to shape it as a boat-looks alike as shown in the picture:

making a boat shape

making a boat shape

should be smth like that

should be smth like that

ready for baking

ready for baking

Heat oven to 356F.  Brush top of dough with egg wash and bake hachapuri 20-25 minutes or until cheese melted.  If you like, 5-10 minutes until hachapuri are getting ready, knock an egg into each hachapuri and bake until ready, but they are also tasty without egg. No need to chill them, pinch the edge of a “boat” and deep into center!

boats are ready!

boats are ready!

cheezy boat

cheesy boat

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  • lina@happy family August 8, 2009, 4:27 pm

    Now I know why it’s called cheesy boats. Since I’m a cheese fan, I’m really interested in tasting it. If I try to make this, I think I won’t add the egg, cause I may ruin the dough.
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  • mark@bunn paper filters August 15, 2009, 12:09 am

    Don’t think me ignorant, but when you first said ‘Georgian’, I was thinking about the South and not about Russia. I do understand that this is a Russian food blog, but that was the first thing that came to my mind :) With all of the detailed pictures that you have, I will definitely have to try this out!

  • brian@comment September 7, 2009, 3:01 pm

    Hachapuri is a traditional Georgian dish.

  • Amy@FreebieJeebies October 31, 2009, 4:26 pm

    They look so good. So simple but I bet they’re brilliant. I’ve just printed this recipe, but I think that I’m probably going to put some sliced red onion on top when I finally get around to making it.

  • Pete @ Large Hamster Cage November 5, 2009, 3:08 pm

    Wow, they look delicious but huge, I’m not sure I could manage a whole one! And they seem to make quite a mess of the baking tray – I think I might make some and then leave my other half to do the cleaning up :D

  • Ana @ Easy Bake Oven November 10, 2009, 8:52 am

    WoW! These look delicous, kind of similar to Argentina “Empanadas” which are basically like little pies and one of the popular fillings is cheese. This dish could be elaborated on by combining different types of cheese – thats what they do in Argentina and it always tastes great! Just wondering if they eat these in Moldova…Im heading tere shortly and would love to try one!
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  • Juan @ Best Bread Machine November 21, 2009, 10:18 pm

    Lelik,

    I was searching for a special recipe for this end of year season. I think that this one is great! I also use a breadmaker for kneading and get very good results. You can bet that I’ll try you recipe. Than you!

  • Gwyn @ Healty Crock Pot Recipes November 25, 2009, 6:18 am

    My mom was from Russia and growing up she used to make something similar to those. Only thing she did not have a bread maker to make the dough in. She did it all by hand. Those were really good times.

  • Susan@Best Bread Machine December 15, 2009, 3:08 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. I have never eaten any traditional Russian food that I know of, but I think I’ll start. And it’s so good to know I can use my bread maker to make the dough. The pictures you have included are very helpful. I think I’ll make this for a New Year’s treat. Yummy!
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  • dave@used pontoon boats January 13, 2010, 4:12 am

    I just love this dish, I like to spice it up with some dashes of Tabasco sauce or Texas Pete to give it a little bite :)
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  • naz@kitchen appliances March 5, 2010, 9:56 am

    These pancakes are unlike any I’ve seen before. They do look real yummy. I’ve tried Russian foods before and these will make a great start!

  • Luba March 8, 2010, 12:17 am

    Lovely. I have tried a number of Khachapuri recipes, and at this point have settled on this one:

    1 package of puff pastry (2 sheets – e.g. Pepperidge Farm)
    1/2 lb Muenster cheese, shredded
    1/2 lb Havarti cheese, shredded
    1/2 lb small curd cottage cheese
    1 or 2* eggs
    1 or 2* cloves of pressed garlic
    1 tsp of ground coriander
    salt and pepper to taste

    2 tbsp butter, melted, OR
    1 egg (whole, or egg white, or yolk), beaten with a sprinkle of water*

    * indicates personal preference, really

    Preheat the oven to 350F.
    Thaw the puff pastry at room temp for 40 min. Roll out 1 sheet on a floured surface to about 10×14 in. rectangle. Transfer to a lightly greased (with oil or butter) cookie sheet. Combine all remaining ingredients, and transfer it evenly onto the rolled puff pastry sheet, leaving a 1 1/2 in. boarder. Brush the boarder with water. Roll out the second sheet of pastry to match in size the first one, place on top of it, seal the edges and fold them inwards (you don’t want you cheese burning on the cookie sheet during baking). Press the edges all around the rectangular cheese pie with a fork. Brush with either melted butter or egg wash. Bake for 45 min to 1hr (all stoves are not created equal). The pie is ready when the pastry is golden with some light brown spots.

    Enjoy with a good salad and a glass of wine*.

  • Thomas@thehelpline March 12, 2010, 2:44 pm

    These really do look very tasty, I will have to have a go at making some. I’m sure that my family would love them. Thanks for the recipe.

  • shebs@mini dv camcorder April 29, 2010, 10:11 pm

    These look succulent, can you add more recipes like these, my mouth is getting watery

  • Emma @ Scrap Car May 14, 2010, 12:01 am

    WOW this looks from the pictures absolutley mouth watering I love the sound of this I am going to have to make this for my lunch / dinner. Will be back to let you know how I got on !
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  • Betty@bestbreadmachine May 18, 2010, 10:17 pm

    The pictures are making me hungry! I’ve printed out the recipe and will have to give it. Thanks for introducing this to me.

    Betty
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  • David@HP Power Cords May 23, 2010, 5:03 pm

    Those cheese boats look great. I’ve had some Russian food before, but I’ve never seen anything like this. I can’t wait to give it a try.
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  • jewelry supplier May 24, 2010, 1:21 pm

    Wow, they look delicious but huge, I’m not sure I could manage a whole one! And they seem to make quite a mess of the baking tray – I think I might make some and then leave my other half to do the cleaning up
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  • semi-precious stones June 1, 2010, 3:18 am

    I just love this dish, I like to spice it up with some dashes of Tabasco sauce or Texas Pete to give it a little bite

  • gemstone wholesale June 7, 2010, 4:59 am

    I was searching for a special recipe for this end of year season. I think that this one is great! I also use a breadmaker for kneading and get very good results. You can bet that I’ll try you recipe. Than you!

  • gemstone supplier July 1, 2010, 5:27 am

    I just love this dish, I like to spice it up with some dashes of Tabasco sauce or Texas Pete to give it a little bite

  • John Prescott July 7, 2010, 10:07 pm

    Doesn’t look like the xachapuri I used to eat. But I bet this one’s delicious too.

  • Mayers@kitchen tables July 17, 2010, 12:09 pm

    Thats a lot of cheese in a boat. Good enough to make you sink…

  • rasim muratovic@Slow Computer Fix August 2, 2010, 4:45 am

    Those boat shapes look great I will have to try and make them on my own. lol the picture are making me hungry.

  • rwanbw@العاب August 31, 2010, 5:22 pm

    Awesome, loved this very much, It’s look like another type of pizza, they look very delicious.

  • donna@jacket potato oven September 3, 2010, 9:57 pm

    that`s picture make me hungry dude..

    i wish i can eat it.. hehehehhe

  • Shelly@Deviled Eggs Recipe September 12, 2010, 5:46 pm

    Wow that looks amazing! I’ve never heard of Hachapuri Cheesy boats before but they look delicious.

  • Elton@Lisa October 3, 2010, 4:04 pm

    Looks delicious, I’m Russian and many of my mother’s receipts were lost after she passed. Thanks for sharing.

  • michelle October 3, 2010, 10:55 pm

    I am making these today since the pelmenis were soo good!

  • Amy@xbox 360 slim October 19, 2010, 4:11 pm

    What is the fat content of these? I doubt it’s very low with 50g of butter in it!

  • Car Dog Cage October 20, 2010, 9:42 am

    I should say that a party lunch or supper is not complete with the Russian hachapuri. It is a full packed nutritional tasty meal for the food lovers. I loved the classic traditional cuisine which is a complete mixture of milk, butter, sugar, egg, salt and yeast. The cheese packed in to that baked hachapuri was yummy. My son enjoyed this boat shaped cheesy meal with full taste. Thereby we had a wonderful lunch on our party. I would strongly recommend this dish for the party lovers and maids to have a full fledged party meal.

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