Friday, December 25, 2020

NATIVE DISH / PLATILLO NATIVO: Georgian Khachapuri Bread / El pan Khachapuri de Georgia

(If you feel inspired by the video, check this Kachapuri recipe in 196 flavors)
(Si el video te ha inspirado, mira la receta de Kachapuri en 196 flavors)

Description (from original video): "Nearly 20 years ago, filmmaker, journalist, and native of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, Katie Orjonikizde-Casey, came to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach to continue her reporting career and inform Americans about the happenings in her native country. While here, she learned English, earned a film degree from Brooklyn College, and produced several award-winning films that pay homage to the traditions and experiences of Georgian-Americans. Her latest drama short, "Georgian Bread" chronicles a conflicted Georgian bakery owner from Brighton Beach struggling with the decision of holding onto his roots or opening a more lucrative Sushi restaurant instead.

Filmmaker friends who worked with Katie on "Georgian Bread" only had more questions about the star of the movie, Khachapuri, a buttery cheese bread she grew up eating. To entertain them, she began to bake this beloved staple during her house parties and wrap parties. Katie takes us to a café in Bay Ridge that faithfully continues this culinary tradition in the form of Acharuli Khachapuri--a boat-shaped cheese bread that allows the eater to mix raw eggs with hot cheese and butter inside the face of the bread."

Descripción: Hace casi 20 años que la cineasta, periodista y nativa de la capital georgiana de Tbilisi, Katie Orjonikizde-Casey, llegó a Brighton Beach en Brooklyn para continuar su carrera como periodista e informar a los estadounidenses sobre los acontecimientos en su país natal. Durante este tiempo, Katie aprendió inglés, obtuvo un título en cine del Brooklyn College y produjo varias películas premiadas que rinden homenaje a las tradiciones y experiencias de los georgianos-estadounidenses. Su último cortometraje dramático, “El pan georgiano", narra la historia de un propietario de panadería georgiana en Brighton Beach que lucha con la decisión de aferrarse a sus raíces o abrir un restaurante de sushi más lucrativo.

Los amigos cineastas que trabajaron con Katie en “El pan georgiano” tenían preguntas sobre el plato protagonista de la película, el Khachapuri, un pan de queso con mantequilla que Katie creció comiendo. Para entretenerlos, Katie comenzó a hornear este pan durante las fiestas en su casa y en las fiestas de despedida. En este video ella nos lleva a un café en Bay Ridge que continúa fielmente esta tradición culinaria en forma de Acharuli Khachapuri, un pan de queso en forma de bote que permite al comensal mezclar huevos crudos con queso caliente y mantequilla dentro del pan.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Hallacas venezolanas / Venezuelan Hallacas (corn dough stuffed with a meat filling and wrapped in plantain leaves)

English Translation

Ingredients for 50 hallacas 


  • 2.5 kilograms of pork (~5.5 pounds)


  • 2 hens of 2 kilograms each (~4.5 pounds each)

GUISO (filling for the hallacas)

Step 1

  • 1 cup of oil
  • 6 cups of onions
  • 4 cups of leek (the white part)
  • 2 cups of green onions (green and white parts)
  • ½ cup of garlic cloves
  • ½ cup of capers 

Step 2

  • 4 cups of diced red bell peppers
  • 4 ½ cups of diced tomatoes
  • 5 sweet peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp of hot pepper, finely chopped
  • 250 grams (~1/2 pound) of pickled vegetables
  • 2 cups of marsala
  • ¾ cups of balsamic vinegar
  • 125 cc (~4 oz) of Worcestershire sauce 
  • 250 grams (~1/2 pound) of “papelón” (unprocessed brown sugar made from sugar cane juice. Also known as "piloncillo", "chancaca", "raspadura", or "panela")  
  • 1 and ½ tbsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp of freshly ground black pepper
  • 3.5 tbsp of salt
  • 2 cups of chicken or hen broth
  • ¾ cups of mustard


Step 1

  • 2.5 kilograms (~5.5 pound) of bacon slab diced
  • 1 and ½ cups of water
  • 2 tsp of salt

Step 2

  • 1 and ½ cups of annatto seeds

Step 3

  • 1750 grams (~3.85 pound) of pre-cooked cornmeal
  • ~3 and ½ tsp of salt
  • Chicken or hen broth
  • 2 and ½ cups of pork fat


  • 1 kilogram (~2.25 pound) of grilled bell peppers
  • 75 grams (~0.16 pound) of peeled whole almonds
  • 500 grams (~1 pound) of onions sliced in very thin wheels and soaked in water
  • 125 grams (~0.27 pound) of small capers soaked in water to remove salt
  • 375 grams (~0.82 pound) of pitted green olives through water
  • 250 grams (1/2 pound) of black raisins

For each hallaca:

  • 2 thin slices of grilled bell peppers
  • 2 almonds
  • 2 onion wheels
  • 8 small capers
  • 2 olives
  • 6 raisins