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Georgian Cheese Bread: Traditional Cooking At Its Best

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Time for some good old-fashioned cooking from Georgia… but we don’t mean the state! The “other” Georgia, nestled between the Caspian and Black Seas in central Asia, is known for a delicious baked bread stuffed with cheese. This national dish also shows how versatile pizza dough can be.

Georgian Cheese Bread

A delicious baked bread stuffed with cheese, showcasing the versatility of pizza dough.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Georgian
Servings 4 servings


  • Oven
  • Baking Sheet


  • 1 round pizza dough
  • 1 mozzarella ball, cut into pieces
  • 5 dried tomatoes, halved lengthways
  • 200 g ground meat (beef or pork)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped up
  • 80 ml tomato sauce or tomato puree
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 100 g grated cheddar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives


  • Roll out the pizza dough on a work surface dusted with flour. Place the mozzarella on top in the shape of brackets on both sides of the pizza dough. Do the same with the dried tomatoes — they should be placed within the mozzarella brackets.
  • Carefully roll the pizza dough over the mozzarella and tomatoes, before slightly folding it in on itself. Then press each end together. The entire thing should now look a bit like a boat.
  • Mix the ground meat with the onions, garlic, tomato sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Spread the mixture inside the bread and level it out using a spoon.
  • Sprinkle the grated cheddar on top of the bread. Break an egg into the middle for the finishing touch.
  • Bake the bread at 360°F (180°C) for 25 minutes in a preheated convection oven.


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Wow, check out the melted cheese oozing from the crust when you pull away the warm dough. As well as being a feast for the eyes (and stomach), this Georgian delicacy is also perfect for sharing with family and friends. Or, of course, you could keep it all to yourself!