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 The recipe notes that Liptauer was originally made in Austria using farmer's cheese made from goat's milk.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...