I am in search of the best recipe for liptauer spread. My experience with this stuff is relatively limited, but really amazing. I first encountered this (and related spreads) at Dano's Heuriger on Seneca Lake (Finger Lakes of NY). I highly recommend this place if you're ever in the area: www.danosonseneca.com
Anyway, ever since my first (and many subsequent) visits, I have wanted to make Liptauer. I decided to do it for a party this weekend and have been searching for recipes, but there is such a diversity. I found one by Nigella Lawson, but I'm a tad skeptical of her use of cottage cheese:http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/...
Does anyone have a foolproof recipe for this great spread? I was hoping to avoid using anchovies to make it vegetarian, but if these are essential, so be it.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
You don't necessarily need to use anchovies in Liptauer spread, just increase the amount of capers slightly. You can also forget about the paprika (if it's in your recipe) and add color (and a bit of unique flavor) using saffron. Saffron is not unusual for other Hungarian recipes so it shouldn't violate too many purist ideas of how to prepare this one.
Sorry, Hungarian paprika is a key ingredient and primary flavor note in this spread. That's like saying you could sub Ovaltine for chocolate in hot chocolate: it just shouldn't be done!
I found a recipe in German that looks authentic for Austro-Hungarian Liptauer. Please hang on while I translate it for you :)
50 g Butter
250 g Quark (available at Whole Foods; if you can't find it, sub fromage blanc or 2 parts ricotta and 1 part sour cream)
½ Onion, finely minced
50 g Pickles, finely minced (in Germany they are sweet-sour, so perhaps combine equal amounts dill and bread and butter pickles)
1.5 Tbsp. Sweet Hungarian Paprika
1 tsp. German mustard
1 tsp. Anchovy paste or finely minced anchovies, optional
1 tsp. Tomato paste, optional
1 tsp. Capers, chopped, optional
1 tsp. Chives, snipped, optional
1 pinch Cayenne, optional
½ Clove garlic, minced, optional
Salt & pepper, to taste
Mix the butter and quark and fold in the remaining ingredients. Serve with soft pretzels or German rye bread. The recipe notes that Liptauer was originally made in Austria using farmer's cheese made from goat's milk. If you can find that, give it a shot!
Source: translated from http://www.chefkoch.de/rezepte/648871...
Lipto cheese is, I understand, a Hungarian feta type cheese made from sheep's milk. Elsewhere is it known as Brinsli?
I've not tried the real thing. Mostly I use cream cheese. Goat or sheep feta will get me there too.
Google "Korozott" and you will find a wealth of recipes. I distilled them into this version which draws no complaints.
Bring to room temperature and cream together in a bowl until well blended:
* 8 oz sheep Feta cheese or goat Feta cheese or plain cream cheese
* 1/2 cup soft butter
* 3 tbs. thick sour cream
Then mix in to the above:
* 2 mashed anchovy fillets
* 1 tsp mashed capers
* 2 tbs beer
Add to cheese mixture and blend ingredients thoroughly:
* 1 tbs finely chopped onion
* 1 tbs dry mustard
* 1 1/2 - 2 tbs Hungarian sweet paprika
* 1 tsp. caraway seeds smashed or bruised to release flavor
* 1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
Can be eaten immediately, but best to let flavors mingle overnight.
Liptauer has long been a fixture of various Central European cuisines, but it actually originated in Slovakia, hence the name "Liptauer", the German name for the region "Liptov".
I mention this as more than a mere curiosity, for the Liptauer made in Slovakia is a different beast altogether, due to the inclusion of the tangy and flavorful Slovak soft cheese "bryndza" ("bremsen" in German, . If you can find it, it really does take the dish to a new level. If you can't, I recommend substituting a mix of cream cheese or ricotta with a soft, salty feta. This is my usual recipe:
- 1/2 lb. (200 grams) bryndza or ricotta/feta mix
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt (more or less, depending on desired creaminess)
- 1 tbs sweet paprika (or more, depending on how flavorful/colorful your paprika is)
- 1 tsp bruised caraway seeds
- salt to taste
The inclusion of the tangy bryndza removes the needs for pickles or anchovies. This is especially excellent with dark rye bread, radishes, and beer.
Incidentally, the Slovak name for Liptauer is "Šmirkas" (sounds like shmear-kahs)