Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Liptauer cheese spread


Liptauer is traditional Austro-Hungarian cheese spread, but Romanians, Czecks and Scandinavians also claim it as their own. It's typicaly served as a snack on rye bread, or sometimes as a filling for different types of appetizers. I like it thickly spread on rye bread with some cornichons and thinly sliced red onions. Oh, and it's great with beer!
My version is made with a combination of cream cheese and cottage cheese. Use the best cottage cheese you can get your hands on. It should be rich and creamy, nothing like some of the clumpy, loaded with additives commercial brands out there. Try your local Farmer's market. Some recipes use capers and anchovy paste and a lot of paprika. I kept it fairly simple. You adjust it to your taste. That way we can all avoid heated arguments or virtual hair pulling, trying to figure out what the stuff should be like or where it comes from. The important thing is where's it's going: your hungry belly!


250 g cream cheese
250 g good quality pressed cottage cheese
2 small cornichons, finely diced
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
1 tsp caraway seeds (a must)
1/2 tsp Hungarian paprika
1 tsp grainy mustard
pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Serve at room temperature with rye bread or crackers, cornichons and thinly sliced red onions.
Or for a fresh summer lunch try stuffing some sweet cherry tomatoes with the cheese spread and toss them with fresh heirloom salad leaves, radishes, chopped boiled eggs and some herb vinaigrette.


kathryn said...

Lovely recipe. I like the way you've combined the two cheeses, that would give a better taste and texture than using just one or the other. And cornichons - YUM - they're something I rarely buy but actually love. I like all your different serving suggestions as well, sounds lovely with rye bread and radishes.

Chef Fresco said...

How interesting w. the cottage cheese - looks tasty!

Kate/Kajal said...

Oh yum, now this is the kinda stuff i love :)

Ash said...

Yum! I love this!! I'm so going to try this out! Who doesn't love some cheesy goodness?!

Apples and Butter said...

This looks like a great spread. I was thinking I might add some anchovies to mine, but with the saltiness of the cornichons it might be too much. I think yours is perfect!

Junglefrog said...

Ooo, that looks like a seriously good spread! I will have to look at our local market indeed for a good batch of cottage cheese and I heard you can even make it yourself fairly easy...

Anna said...

This is one of my favourite party spreads. My family--Hungarian--call it "korozott, but it looks to be pretty much the same thing!

You just can't go wrong with cheese, you know? Cheese on crackers. Yesss.