Eating Khachapuri

Georgian Khachapuri Cheese Bread

Georgian Khachapuri

Georgian Khachapuri Cheese Bread

The preparation of this delicious Georgian cheese bread khachapuri is only recommended to avid bakers.

But there is a shortcut option. You can buy fresh premade pizza dough and skip the dough ingredients and preparation.

Ingredients

Starter Dough

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 packet active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Dough

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium egg, whisked
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

Filling

  • 10 oz hard mozzarella [*1] or provolone cheese, shredded
  • 5 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

Prepare the Dough [*2]

  • In a large BOWL, add the ingredients for the starter dough and mix well. Let it stand for 10 minutes.
  • To the BOWL, add 1/2 tsp salt and all liquid ingredients. Mix well.
  • Add 2.25 cups of flour one cup at a time and mix well.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 3-5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased BOWL. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or kitchen towel. Let it sit in a warm place for about 45-60 minutes until it doubled in size.

Prepare the Filling

  • In a BOWL, mix the cheese. Then add the water and mix well.

Finish the Khachapuri

  • Half the dough and quarter the filling.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out one part of the dough into a round shape.
  • Place one quarter of the filling onto the flat dough.
  • Form the khachapuri shape by rolling in two opposite sides of the circle until only 1/3 of the circle remains uncovered in the middle.
  • Next pinch the open ends together to get the authentic khachapuri form.
  • For a video demonstration of the forming, please click here:
    Forming the khachapuri
  • Fill the uncovered center with another quarter of the filling.

Bake the Khachapuri

  • Preheat OVEN to 450°F.
  • Place khachapuri on a greased baking sheet. Bake for about 10-15 minutes until the crust turns slightly brown. Take it out.
  • With a spoon, make a small hole in the center, just big enough to fit one egg yolk. Add the egg yolk.
  • Return the khachapuri to the OVEN for another 2 minutes. Take it out.
  • Grease the crust with some butter. Place 1/2 tbsp of butter on each vertical side of the egg into the cheese.

Serve

  • When serving, mix the butter and egg into the still warm cheese.

Eating Khachapuri

Notes

  1. You can make the dough in a food processor.
  2. Mozzarella cheese: not the original fresh mozzarella but the hard mozzarella cheese

Georgian Chakhokhbili

Georgian Chakhokhbili

 

Georgian Chakhokhbili

Georgian Chakhokhbili

SpiceBreeze
Chakhokhbili is a traditional Georgian one-pot stew made with chicken, onions, and tomatoes. Originally, the dish was made with pheasant ("khokhobi"). The stew is seasoned with the famous khemli suneli spice blend which contains coriander, mint, turmeric, savory, and fenugreek seeds and leaves (methi). If possible, we recommend serving the dish with Georgian cheese bread (khachapuri).
 
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Georgian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 2 lb chicken [1] thighs or legs bone-in

Fresh Produce

  • 1-2 red bell peppers diced (optional)
  • 1 lb tomatoes chopped [2]
  • 2-4 tbsp chopped fresh herbs [3]
  • 1-3 cloves garlic pressed or grated (optional)
  • 1-2 fresh chilies finely chopped (optional)

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Chakhokhbili Culinary Spice Kit

  • coriander, fenugreek, mint, paprika, black pepper, turmeric, methi, savory, basil, cinnamon, cloves

Suggested Sides

  • any flat bread or Georgian khachapuri [4]
  • cooked or steamed rice

Instructions
 

  • Season chicken with salt & pepper to taste.

Cook

  • In a large POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add chicken and fry until it turns brown on all sides. Scoop it out and set aside.
  • In the same POT, add onions and optionally bell pepper.
  • Fry over medium heat until the onions turn golden.
  • Add tomatoes and Chakhokhbili spices. Mix well.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste. Return chicken. Mix well. Cover.
  • Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat for 30-60 minutes until the chicken falls apart. Stir occasionally.

Add to taste:

  • fresh herbs, and
  • optionally garlic and/or fresh chilies.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes.

Notes

[1] Substitute: lamb chops or loin. Cook 90-120 minutes.
[2] Substitute: 2 cups tomatoes (whole, chopped, or puree), unseasoned.
[3] Your choice of: parsley, mint, basil, or cilantro.
[4] Khachapuri recipe.
 

Georgian Dishes

Georgian chakhokhbili
Georgian lobio
Georgian chashushuli
Georgian ajapsandali
European Schupfnudeln

German-Austrian Schupfnudeln Variations

 

European Schupfnudeln

German-Austrian Schupfnudeln

SpiceBreeze
Around 1630, German soldiers rolled finger-sized noodles from their ration of flour and water. Today, Swabians usually fry Schupfnudeln with sauerkraut and bacon, served at every festival and market. Austrians love the Schupfnudeln with poppy seeds and sweet fruits. Italian gnocchi are identical to Schupfnudeln, just in a different shape. Our recipe gives you all the options, including substitute vegetables for sauerkraut.
 
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian, German
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 4 oz bacon [1] cut into 1/2 inch strips

Fresh Produce

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 8 oz green cabbage or baby broccoli [2] cooked

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 12 oz gnocchi [3]
  • 12 oz dried prunes [4] pitted
  • sugar or other sweetener
  • salt & pepper

Alternative: Mohnbutter

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1-3 oz ground poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar optionally

Instructions
 

  • In a PAN, fry bacon strips over medium heat until crisp. Scoop them out. Set aside.
  • Add onions. Fry 5 minutes.
  • Add gnocchi. Fry 5 minutes.
  • Add vegetables and return bacon.
  • Heat until all ingredients are hot.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve the compote (see below) for dessert.

Alternative: Mohnbutter

  • Cook gnocchi according to package directions.
  • In a PAN, melt 4 tbsp butter. Lightly roast poppy seeds and optionally Mohnbutter spices. Add gnocchi and toss to reheat.
  • Serve with a side of prunes compote.
  • Optionally, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Compote

  • In a POT, add prunes and 2 cups of water.
  • Add sweetener and Schupfnudeln spices to taste. Cover and cook over low heat for about 30 to 60 minutes until the prunes softened to your taste and the sauce thickened. Add water if necessary. Enjoy!

Notes

[1] Substitute bacon with small diced pancetta.
[2] Substitute vegetables with 12 oz sauerkraut.
[3] Substitute gnocchi with homemade Schupfnudeln (recipe) or cooked thick pasta (recipe & tips online).
[4] Substitute dried prunes with fresh plums or apples: reduce the water to 1/8 cup.
Global Black Bean Burger

Global Black Bean Burger

Black Bean Burger

Global Black Bean Burger

Just a normal burger with beans instead of meat and a bunch of interesting toppings and dressings.

Black Bean Burger Culinary Spice Blend:
Sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, onion, chipotle chili, porcini mushroom, cumin, smoked paprika, green bell pepper, yellow mustard
Indispensable Ingredients
  • 1 -2 can black beans (substitute options: pinto beans or kidney beans)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour or bread crumbs
Suggested Standard Toppings
  • 1 onion, sliced into rings
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • lettuce leaves
Optional Specials
  • roasted red bell pepper
  • fried portabella mushrooms
  • baked or fried (sweet) potatoes
  • special dressings:
    horseradish mayo, sweet-chili-mayo, chili-ketchup

Select Your Recipe - All Versions or just the Easiest 'The Breeze Way'

FAQ

  • Our black bean burger spice blend includes sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle, porcini mushrooms.
  • We love canned beans as a quick pantry resource for “rainy days”.
  • Mix up the beans to get a different burger each time.
  • Baked bell pepper and fried portabella mushrooms are not the usual burger toppings yet turn out to add an abundance of flavor.
  • Any of the dressings takes the burger to the next level.

There is not much of preparation to do, when you go with our ‘The Breeze Way’ version. For the other versions, we suggest that you bake the bell pepper beforehand when you are in the kitchen but don’t use the oven.

The Breeze Way:
  • The toppings are substituted by frozen and jarred products.
  • Toppings and dressings are limited. You can still look at the ‘All Versions’ recipe for more.

If for any reason, your burger patties don’t hold the form or fall apart during frying, you won’t loose any of the flavor. Just fry them in the biggest chunks possible. To serve, you can wrap them into a lettuce leave that you place on the bun.

If your patties turn out dry, they will get enough moisture from the toppings and dressing.

For any other questions, please send us an email [click on icon on the top left] or contact our support team [click on icon on the bottom right].

Georgian Lobio

Georgian Lobio – The Breeze Way

 

Georgian Lobio

Georgian Lobio

SpiceBreeze
Lobio is a very popular dish in Georgia, Europe. It's served as a hot stew in the winter or a cold dip in the summer. There exist many variations for the ingredients. Please select your favorite from our suggestions. You might want to serve it with pomegranate and cornbread for an extraordinarily complex flavor experience. Pickled vegetables are another good addition. The spice blend is the famous Khemli Suneli.
Cuisine Georgian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 2 cans kidney beans drained and rinsed, 15 oz each (see notes for substitutes)

Fresh Produce

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped (see notes for substitutes)

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup walnuts ground (see notes for substitutes)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Lobio Culinary Spice Kit

  • Coriander, fenugreek, mint, paprika, black pepper, turmeric, methi, savory, basil, cinnamon, cloves

Optional

  • Pomegranate molasses or fresh seeds (see notes for molasses recipe)
  • Cornbread or flatbread

Instructions
 

Step 1: Prepare Beans

  • In a BOWL, mash about 2/3 of the beans with a potato masher.

Step 2: Fry

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
  • Fry the onions until soft, stirring frequently.

COOK

    Step 3

    • In a POT, add all beans and broth. Mix well. 

    Step 4

    • Add:
    • the fried onions with the oil,
    • cilantro,
    • ground walnuts,
    • salt & pepper to taste,
    • and Lobio spices.

    Step 5

    • Bring to a boil.
    • Reduce the heat to medium-low.
    • Cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

    Optionally

    • For a sweet-sour note, add pomegranate molasses or pomegranate seeds to taste to the finished dish or over the plated meal.
    • Serve with cornbread.
    • Enjoy!

    Notes

    Beans
    ▪ Substitute beans with navy or cranberry beans.
    ▪ Substitute half of the beans with 1/2 lb ground meat.
    Herbs
    ▪ Substitute cilantro with mint or parsley.
    Nuts
    ▪ Substitute walnuts with almonds or hazelnuts or 1 tbsp flour in step 4.
    Pomegranate
    Recipe for pomegranate molasses
    Variations
    If you love garlic: Add 2 cloves grated garlic in step 2.
    If you prefer to add veggies: Add 8 oz green beans and 0.5 cup more broth in step 3.
    If you love nuts: Add 0.25 cup chopped walnuts in step 4.
     

     
    Georgian Bread: Khachapuri recipe.

    Georgian Dishes

    Georgian chakhokhbili
    Georgian lobio
    Georgian chashushuli
    Georgian ajapsandali
    Malaysian Char Kway Teow

    Malaysian Char Kway Teow

     

    Malaysian Char Kway Teow

    Malaysian Char Kway Teow

    SpiceBreeze
    Char Kway Teow is a popular stir-fry street food in Malaysia and other Asian countries. It's best with wide noodles but other noodles work too. You can even serve the sauce over rice. Thanks to our spice blend you don't need oyster sauce. Add your preferred protein. We included extra vegetables with plenty of options. You can adjust the level of the salt and heat to your liking.
    hands-on time 30 mins
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Malaysian
    Servings 3

    Ingredients
      

    Protein

    • 8 oz medium fresh shrimp (*1) or thinly cut chicken breast or sirloin beef
    • 2 eggs whisked

    Fresh Produce

    • 1 large leek (*2) (halved lengthwise), cut into 2 inch long pieces
    • 3 green onions cut into 1/2 inch long slices

    Packaged Goods/Staples

    • 8 oz long noodles (*3)
    • 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth
    • 2-3 tbsp soy sauce or tamari (*4)
    • 2 tsp (brown) sugar or syrup
    • (vegetable) oil

    Culinary Spice Kit

    • Shiitake mushrooms, garlic, onions, arrowroot, white pepper

    Optional

    • 1-2 slices bacon cut into 1/2 inch thin strips
    • 4 oz mung bean sprouts
    • fish sauce or anchovy paste to taste
    • fresh chili finely sliced, to taste
    • 1 lemon for juice

    Instructions
     

    Prepare

    • Prepare the noodles according to package instructions. Keep them warm.
    • In a CUP, mix 1/4 cup broth, 2 tbsp soy sauce (*4), 2 tsp sugar, and the Char Kway Teow spices.

    Fry Vegetables

    • In a LARGE PAN (*5), heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
    • Add the leek. Fry until just soft.

    Stir-Fry All Ingredients

    • Turn heat to high.
    • Add fresh shrimp (*1), chicken, or beef, and bacon (opt.).
    • Stir-fry for 1 minute.
    • Push the ingredients to the side.
    • Add the eggs to emptied PAN surface.
    • Gently push cooked parts from edges so that uncooked eggs can reach the hot PAN surface.
    • Add the noodles, green onions, and sprouts (opt.).
    • Toss gently until all ingredients are well mixed.

    Add Sauce

    • Give the prepared sauce a quick stir and add it to the PAN.
    • Toss gently until all ingredients are well coated.
    • Cook for 2 minutes until the sauce soaks in.
    • If the dish appears dry, add 1 tbsp of water or soy sauce to taste, depending on your desired salt level.

    Serve immediately.

    • Optionally, sprinkle to taste with fish sauce, fresh chilies, and/or lemon juice.
    • Enjoy!

    Notes

    (1) Shelled and deveined.
    Optionally, substitute half of the shrimp with 4 oz fish cake, sliced.
    If using cooked shrimp, add them before the noodles and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
    Alternatively, add warm baked tofu cubes on the plated dish.
    QUICK TOFU CUBES RECIPE:
    Drain 1 lb firm tofu and cut it into 1/2 cubes.
    Season with 1.5 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp oil, and 1 tsp starch.
    Bake at 350° F for 30 minutes on greased parchment paper, flipping halfway.
     
    (2) Substitute the leek with 6 oz green asparagus or (precooked) baby broccoli or zucchini, cut into 2 inches long thin pieces.
    (3) Recommended: flat rice noodles or other wide noodles, about 0.25-0.5 inch width.
    Alternatively, skip the noodles and serve the sauce over cooked rice.
    (4) Optionally, add up to 1 tbsp more and/or substitute 1/2-1 tbsp with dark soy sauce.
    For soy sauce substitutes click here.
    (5) Alternatively, divide the ingredients in half and cook in two batches.
    If you like, use a large wok instead of the pan.