Author Notes: A traditional Austro-Hungarian appetizer, this cheese spread is spiced with the classic paprika and caraway flavors. Add a pinch of hot paprika for a kick! As written, it makes an excellent topping for crisp crackers or bruschetta; add a bit more sour cream and you get a flavorful dip for crudités. —Windischgirl
Makes: 2 + cups
ounces Farmer's curd cheese, or a drier large curd cottage cheese
tablespoons Sour cream or nonfat Greek yogurt
tablespoons Each minced chives,dill, and parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
teaspoon Caraway seeds, lightly crushed
teaspoons Sweet paprika, to taste
teaspoon Hot paprika, optional
- In a large bowl, using a fork, blend the curd cheese, sour cream, and herbs. Add the spices, using a generous hand with the pepper and paprika (but go easy on the salt, as the curd cheese may be salty). Blend well. Go for a spreadable consistency.
- Scrape into a serving dish and cover. Chill for several hours to allow flavors to blend. Garnish with a sprinkling of minced fresh herbs or paprika just prior to serving with crisp crackers...rye toasts are particularly tasty.
- To modify this into a dip, add an additional tablespoon or two of sour cream to achieve a dippable texture. Serve with an assortment of crudités. The flavors go well with cucumber spears, celery sticks, and pepper wedges.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Appetizer to Share with Friends