Monday, July 8, 2013

Liptauer Cheese Spread

This is another one of those Hungarian dishes I found in my old Hungarian cookbook from New Brunswick, NJ printed in the 50's.  Lipto cheese is a sheep's milk cheese similar to feta but soft like cream cheese.  It's nigh on impossible to find here where I live but not to worry, Neufchatel cheese is a great substitute.  I used the Fresh Market brand of Neufchatel in making this recipe.  Traditionally Liptauer is a snack consumed while drinking beer.  It's served on toast points usually with thin sliced of Kolbas.  I used a Genoa salami instead but any kind of preserved stick pepperoni or summer sausage will work.  It's best to make this a day ahead and let the flavors meld in the refrigerator.

Liptauer Cheese Spread

1 8oz package Neufchatel Cream Cheese
1/2C Unsalted Kerrygold Butter, softened
3T Organic Sour Cream
2tsp Anchovy Paste
1tsp Capers

Cream ingredients together until well blended then add:

1T Finely Minced (or Grated) Shallots
1T Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 tsp Sweet Paprika
1/2tsp Bruised Caraway Seeds
1T Chopped Cornichon Pickles (If available)

Blend well and make a ball or place in serving cup as above.  Let sit at least 3 hours, preferably overnight in refrigerator.   Dust with paprika before serving and spread on toast points with Kolbas or Summer Sausage.


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