Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Pie)

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Title: Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Pie)
Yield: 8 Servings
Categories: Russian, Vegetables

Ingredients:

2 1/2 c Unbleached All Purpose Flour
3/4 ts Salt
1 lg Egg
3 tb Vegetable Oil
1/2 c Club Soda; Or More If Needed
-, At Room Temperature
12 tb Unsalted (Sweet) Butter;
- 1 1/2 Sticks, Melted


------------------------------RED BEAN FILLING------------------------------

-----------------------------NACHINKA IZ FASOLI-----------------------------
1 c Dried Red Beans; Soaked
-Overnight In Water To Cover
Salt And Plenty Of Freshly
-Ground Black Pepper; To
-Taste
1/4 c Olive Oil
1 1/4 c Onions; Finely Chopped
1/2 c Cilantro; Finely Chopped

Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the middle.
Pour in the egg, oil, and club soda and stir into the flour, adding more
club soda if necessary, ot make a rather soft dough. Transfer the dough to
a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Shape
the dough into a ball, cover with a linen or cotton (not terry cloth)
kitchen towel and let stand for 1 hour. Divide the dough into four parts
and shape each one into a ball. Let stand, covered, for 15 minutes. Preheat
the oven to 350 Degrees F. and butter two large baking sheets. On a floured
surface, roll out one of the balls into an 1/8-inch thick square. Brush the
dough with some of the melted butter Dip your fingers into the melted
butter and pull the edges of the dough in different directions, stretching
it evenly until it is almost transparently thin. Don't worry if the dough
tears, as you will be folding it up. With a sharp knife, trim the edges of
the dough to from an even square. Fold the square in half, brush the
surface generously with the melted d fold in half again crosswise to from a
smaller square. It should be approximately 6 to 7 inches. It is isn't,
pull it out slightly to fit the dimensions. Brush the square with butter.
Shape one-fourth of the filling into a ball and place in the center of the
square. Fold in the corners of the square like an envelope. With the palm
of your hand, flatten the pie so it is about 1 inch thick. Brush the top
with melted butter and carefully transfer to a prepared baking sheet.
Repeat the procedure with the rest of the dough and filling. Bake the pies
in the middle of the oven, until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Serve
warm.

Makes 4 Pies for 8 Servings

RED BEAN FILLING:

Drain the beans and place them in a saucepan along with enough fresh water
to cover by at least 2-inches. Bring to a boil and add salt, then reduce
the heat to medium-low. Cook the beans, partially covered, until almost
mushy, about 1 1/2 hours. While the beans are cooking, heat the oil in a
medium size skillet, over medium heat, and add the onion to saute it. Stir
occasionally, until dark brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. When the beans are
done, drain well and mash. Add the sauteed onions and their cooking fat and
the cilantro. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Cool to room temperature.

Makes enough filling for 4 pies.

From Gemini's MASSIVE MealMaster collection at www.synapse.com/~gemini