Chvishtari (Georgian Cornbread with Cheese)

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Introduction: Chvishtari is a delicious Georgian cornbread with cheese, originating from Svaneti, a mountainous province in northwestern Georgia. There are several types of Chvishtari, and this recipe will guide you in making one of the most popular variations.

Ingredients (for 6 servings):

  • 300 grams of Sulguni cheese (alternatives: Feta or Mozzarella cheese)
  • 400 grams of stone-ground white cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 70 ml of oil
  • 350 ml of milk or water
  • Salt (only if the cheese is not salty)

Instructions:

  1. Dice or shred the cheese and add it to a mixing bowl, along with the eggs, cornmeal, and milk (or water).

  2. Mix the ingredients with your hands or a wooden spoon. Be careful not to mash the cheese during this process; the aim is to fully cover it with the mixture.

  3. Once the mixture is ready, mold each Chvishtari by hand, ensuring that there are at least 5-6 pieces of cheese in each one.

  4. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add each Chvishtari to the pan. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.

  5. After 5-6 minutes, carefully turn each Chvishtari and cook for another 5-6 minutes on low heat (uncovered).

  6. Chvishtari should be served hot. Enjoy your delicious Georgian cornbread with cheese!

Note: If you don’t have Sulguni cheese, you can use Feta or Mozzarella cheese as an alternative.

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