As much as Georgians like khachapuri, I love pizza. It has been one of the foods from America I miss most. Recently, my host sister and I made pizza from store-bought khachapuri dough. We made the tomato sauce from scratch, which I have included the recipe below, and used shredded/grated cow cheese instead of sulguni.
For those of you who have not made pizza before, begin by rolling the dough out on a cookie dough sheet. Next, spread the tomato sauce on the uncooked dough, and finally, place your selected toppings on the pizza. Personally, I recommend putting onions between the tomato sauce and the cheese that way they become tender, instead of burnt. Next place your pizza in the oven. We used a low- to medium-heat to make sure the bottom did not burn. It will take about 15-20 minutes depending on your oven. Remember to let your pizza cool, and enjoy!
Tomato Sauce (for one pizza, good for spaghetti too!)
2 cloves of garlic
3 big spoons of tomato paste
½ medium-sized onion
1 small pepper (for heat)
Salt, pepper, basil to taste
1. Boil tomatoes for 3 minutes. Then place tomatoes in cold water. The skins should crack. Peel and core the tomatoes.
2. Place the tomatoes, cloves, roughly chopped onion, pepper, basil and oregano in a food processor (or cut into very small pieces by hand).
3. Once the sauce is the consistency you like (smooth vs. chunky), place the sauce in a pot over low heat and add tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Cook sauce thickens (if sauce is still too liquidy, add more paste). Let simmer for 5 minutes.