Liptauer Cheese, A Robust Hungarian Appetizer


Hungarian Liptauer Cheese Recipe

Hungarian Liptauer Cheese and Crackers Appetizer

Hungarian Liptauer Cheese and Crackers

Liptauer cheese adds an unexpected burst of flavor to party cheese and cracker assortments. Commonly served with bread at meals in Hungary, liptauer cheese makes an extraordinary addition to appetizer menus. Serve it with crackers or toast points and your guests will be delighted with its robust flavor.

While this recipe is quick and easy to prepare, it does require nearly a full day of refrigeration. You will need at least eight hours for draining the cottage cheese and another eight hours or so for refrigerating the prepared liptauer cheese.

Capers and anchovies can be added to this recipe for even more flavor. Simply purée one anchovy or a tablespoon of capers (or both) with the onions before blending in the cream cheese and sour cream.

Experiment even more with the paprika and caraway seeds. If you like the texture of caraway seeds, use them whole. Otherwise, grind them. Similarly, use your favorite paprika — regular or smoked.

Draining The Cottage Cheese For Hungarian Liptauer Cheese Recipe

Draining The Cottage Cheese

Liptauer Cheese

  • 12 oz large curd cottage cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 ½ tsp Hungarian paprika, regular or smoked
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds, whole or crushed
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt

Yield: 3 cups.

Note: for best flavor, refrigerate this liptauer cheese overnight before serving.

Preparing Liptauer Cheese Recipe By Mixing Cottage Cheese Into Spicy Cream Cheese Mixture

Mixing Cottage Cheese
Into Spicy Cream Cheese Mixture

Place the cottage cheese on a square of cheese cloth and tie the corners together to enclose the cottage cheese in a bag. Hang the bag of cottage cheese over a bowl or place it in a sieve suspended over a bowl. Place this bowl in the refrigerator and allow the liquid to drain from the cottage cheese overnight (eight to 12 hours).

The next day, finely purée the onions and garlic in a food processor. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, and spices. Blend in the food processor until well combined. Spoon this cheese and spice mixture into a mixing bowl.

Discard the liquid that drained from the cottage cheese. Add the cottage cheese to the cheese and spice mixture. Gently mix by hand until well combined, while being careful not to break up the cheese curds.

Refrigerate overnight and serve with crackers or toast points cut from rye or pumpernickel bread. Enjoy!

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Made this for a new years party the wife and I attended last night and it was a huge hit. I used the smoke Paprika to infuse a bit of smokey flavor and I am glad I did.


Sounds yummy. Happy New Years!

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

What a great appetizer and just in time for holiday entertaining! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Come Back Soon, Miz Helen


oh wow!!I love this recipe,sounds delicious & creamy!! Thanks a lot for linking with Midweek Fiesta Wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!


Reading the ingredients, tells me just how good this tastes.


Appetizer Ideas, I'm glad our liptauer cheese was such a hit with everyone! Thanks for visiting toolsforkitchens.