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Khachapuri (vatrushka with cheese) – Georgian cheese stuffed dough pastries

Khachapuri is a traditional, Georgian (Caucasian) dish of leavened dough stuffed with cheese, typically suluguni. This particular recipe is adapted from a Russian recipe book called “Caucasian Kitchen” which describes the dish as a cheese stuffed vatrushka (usually stuffed with tvorog). We used a mix of mozarella and feta cheeses, but other cheeses can be used to taste.

The Khachapuri are light in texture but very rich in flavor, make a great appetizer or a snack.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 7 eggs
  • 0.25 oz packet of yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.5 cup milk (or water)
  • 4 oz feta and 4 oz mozzarella cheese (shredded)


In a bowl, combine warm milk with yeast and let sit for a few minutes. Add the salt, sugar, 3 eggs, and flour.

Mix the ingredients thoroughly until homogeneous, light dough that doesn’t stick to your hands is formed. Add a little more flour if it keeps sticking. Set aside and let rise (20 minutes is enough if using quick-rise yeast).

Combine shredded cheese with 3 hard-boiled, chopped eggs, and melted butter.

Once the dough has risen, split into 4 pieces and roll out each piece into approximately 0.5inch thick round sheets.

Spread the cheese/egg filling in a thin layer on the sheet and roll the edges together, pinching the ends together.

Lay out the khachapuri on a well oiled pan, and use the last egg (beaten) to coat the edges of the dough.

Bake at 425 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until done.




  1. These look really great! I’ve made vatrushki before (with farmers cheese instead of tvorog) and liked them but these khachapuri look extra rich and delicious. Love the folding technique too!

  2. Vanessa says:

    The ingredients list says you need 7 eggs, but throughout the directions, you say use 3 for the filling and then 1 to coat. So we need 4 eggs?

  3. sputniktomorrow says:

    3 are used in the dough, 3 hard boiled are used in the filling.

  4. Vanessa says:

    Thanks! These turned out great! Good recipe!

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  6. Anika says:

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  7. sputniktomorrow says:

    Looks awesome 🙂

  8. I wonder if Georgian cookbooks call vatrushkas khachapuri with sweet cheese. Very different dishes even though the version you made here remotely resembles the appearance of vatrushka. Looks good though! 🙂 To make things even more confusing, there are several variations of khachapuri!

  9. Dawna says:

    I made your recipe – it turned out wonderfully, and was a big hit! Thank you so much for the step-by-step instructions, and enticing photos.

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