The Austrian Liptauer Recipe is a flavorful cheese spread enriched with Paprika and similar spices and ingredients.
If you like cream cheese varieties spread over your bread, you might enjoy my spicy cream cheese spread.
What is Liptauer?
Liptauer is a well seasoned and spiced cottage cheese spread.
This particular spicy spread is traditionally made with sheep’s milk cheese also known as bryndza.
Liptauer originated in the region of Liptov in Slovakia which used to be part of the Austro Hungarian empire before the fall in 1918.
The spread was popular at that time amongst the royal circle and was served with a caviar topping at court and in noble restaurants in Vienna.
Nowadays, the cheese spread is served as a snack in most homes in Austria, Slovenia, and surrounding countries.
In Hungary the Liptauer is served as an appetizer known as körözött.
To travel to find the best Liptauer
My family and I had taken a short vacation to east Austria with the aim of discovering and learning more from our culture.
East Austria is known for its White Wine and Viticultural areas in the whole world.
The local inns are run by so-called Weinbauer, known in English as winegrowers.
If you ever get to travel to east Austrian regions such as Styria, try to frequent a Buschenschank Inn (also called Heuriger, just like the drink!).
Buschenschanken serve up local delicacies such as wine, cheese, cold cuts and also the Liptauer spread.
Homemade bread is rather common as well so the best way to taste the cheese spread is in Styria in a Buschenschanken OR you can recreate the same setting at home.
How to serve and enjoy the Liptauer spread?
Serve up the Liptauer cheese spread as part of your cheese and charcuterie board.
I love to serve a white wine but a red wine of your choice will bring out the flavors of your cheese spread too.
Spread some of it into your sandwich bread with other cold cuts.
The Liptauer makes a great snack time savory treat and it’s a common school break time snack with black bread for kids in Austria.
Or turn it into a Liptauer cheese dip by serving up salted sticks or a pretzel with it, inspired by the Bavarian Obatzda cheese dip.
You can garnish the cheese spread with caraway seeds or chopped garden cress.
If you are planning to travel the wonderful Austrian plains, then you might need this food English/German/Austrian German translation!
Dear Reader, Have you tried the Liptauer?
Austrian Liptauer Recipe
For the spread:
- 3.5 ounces Fresh Cottage Cheese 20% fat or fresh cottage cheese (best suitable bryndza – sheep cheese)
- 2 Tablespoons Butter soft
- 1 Tablespoon Onion chopped
- 1 Garlic chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Original Dijon Mustard
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika powder sweet variety
- 1/4 Teaspoon Caraway Seeds
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- Black Pepper pinch
- Bell Pepper sliced or diced small
- Pickles chopped
- Capers optional
- Pink Radish slices
- Grab a bowl and add the soft butter together with the quark and mix well. See that no bits are left and the mixture is smooth.
- Clean, rinse the Onion and Garlic and chop fine, add them to the quark/butter mix.
- Throw in the rest of the spices and salt to the combination and mix it well.
- Garnish with red capsicum, pickled cucumbers and capers.
- You can also use Mascarpone or other flavorless plain cream cheese variations.
- In east Europe sheep cream cheese is still very common and it lends the Liptauer a certain special flavor.