The taste of this Plăcintă reminds you of if a croissant, cheesy breadstick, mozzarella cheese stick, and biscuit had a baby. That’s would be the weirdest baby combination ever. But I promise you, this is delicious!
If that’s not convincing enough, just take a look at them. They just look to die for! I just want to jump through the computer and grab them. And, that’s funny considering these are currently in my fridge right now.
I was inspired to make these fried cheese dough balls after seeing Khachapuri on The Cooking Channel. Some restaurant (that is currently closed unfortunately) was selling this dough filled with some cheese that’s only available in Georgia. It looked absolutely delicious. Everyone on the show kept raving about the texture of the dough and the saltiness of the cheese. Since I won’t be traveling to Georgia any time soon, I figured I should just make it myself.
Since I can no longer eat eggs, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make them the way that Georgians do. So, I went on Google and looked up other ways to make a different type of fried dough. I came across this recipe from this food blogger that looks absolutely amazing. I didn’t want to make mine exactly like hers since I still wanted it to be a little bit like the Khachapuri. Also, I wanted mine to be handheld so that everyone could have their own little placinta instead of fighting over sharing them. The beautiful thing about this dough is that everybody that makes it, makes it totally different. If you search this up on Google, you’ll see a million different people all over the world making it in a different shape. Whenever you put bread and cheese on the table, everybody goes crazy! So, just imagine your family’s response to this dough when you make it. There’s no way there will be leftovers.
I decided to pair the Placinta with marinara sauce since I felt that it worked so well together. I was asked to make a Garlic & Herb dip to pair with this; but, I just felt that would be way too much. This dough is already super rich and flavorful and honestly it doesn’t even need a dip. But adding more salt and garlic and texture to this would just be over the top. If you decide to make a garlic sauce to go with this fried cheese, please let me know in the comments what it tastes like. I don’t think I’m going to be testing that out since it will most likely be a little overwhelming.
Also, please note that you do not have to use the same ingredients as me. You can get this dough with just some All Purpose Flour and Buttermilk. I love experimenting myself and testing out how different flours work together. Originally, I was going to make this gluten free until I realized that I didn’t have enough gluten free flours in the house to make this 100% gluten free. Feel free to substitute with whatever cheeses you have on hand also. I’m more than sure that this would be delicious with ricotta or even goat cheese.
If you have a difficult time with this dough, let me know. I am here to help! This is one of the easiest doughs to handle, so you shouldn’t have too hard of a time unless you don’t make dough from scratch too often!
Last updated: October 13, 2018
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