When I first heard about Liptauer Cheese, I refused to try it after I read the recipe. The idea of anchovy paste and capers was not the least bit interesting. Soon after, I was served Liptauer Cheese Spread as one of several appetizers at a wedding reception. Since I was typically talking and not paying any attention to what was on my plate, I had no idea what I was eating. I just knew that it was good. Very good.
Surprise! Liptauer Cheese was the most delicious appetizer being served!
The Dallas Junior League Cookbook was first published in 1976 and I added it to my “just beginning” cookbook collection soon after. I cannot believe that this book is now 41 years old. I must have been a small child when I bought it. Sure!
I found my favorite Liptauer Cheese Spread recipe in my new cookbook…a good recipe even in 2017!
LIPTAUER CHEESE SPREAD…HUNGARY
8 heaping tablespoons cottage cheese
3 ounces cream cheese
1/2 medium onion, grated
1 1/2 teaspoon capers, drained
3/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 heaping teaspoon anchovy paste
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon white wine
***I add 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic, but it is not included on the original recipe!***
Sieve and blend cottage cheese with cream cheese. Beat in onion and all other ingredients, folding in capers. Chill at least two hours before serving with thin crunchy wafers.
Serves eight as a spread.