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Grandma Lilly's Cottage Cheese Dip

November 27, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Serves a small group as an hors d'oeuvre
Author Notes

I married into this recipe. My husband's grandmother made this upon coming to this country. We think it is loosely based on something she used to eat back home in the German speaking part of Czechoslovakia, but it's equally possible that she created this out of ingredients she always had on hand: cottage cheese, mustard and onions. This dip was at every party I went to at my mother-in-law's house and is at every party my three sisters-in-law throw. Each one makes it a little differently. This is my updated, slightly smoother version. It sounds odd, and cottage cheese is not a trendy grocery staple, but this is as easy as they come and surprisingly delicious. In some circles it is served only with Ritz crackers. I tend to branch out... —healthierkitchen

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup 2% cottage cheese, small curd
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown deli mustard (in the family tradition, I use Guldens)
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, finely minced, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon goat cheese
  • sweet Hungarian paprika
  1. Place cottage cheese in bowl. Add 2 teaspoons or about 2/3 of the mustard. Mix well and taste. It should be a little sharp but the mustard should not completely overtake the cottage cheese flavor. If it is too creamy and the cottage cheese flavor is still dominant, add more mustard.
  2. Add the shallots and goat cheese and mix. Taste again and add more mustard if necessary.
  3. Place into serving bowl and top with a healthy sprinkling of paprika.

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9 Reviews

Nancy M. December 2, 2018
I was curious about this recipe because it seems so goofy. I happened to have all the ingredients so I made it. I love it! I immediately ate half of it, with carrots. So good.
myob May 1, 2016
Just a thought on the origin of your recipe -- it seems to be your family's variation of Liptauer from central Europe. Your recipe calls for shallots and goat cheese where other variations use capers, chives or caraway and cream cheese, but the cottage cheese, mustard and paprika are major components of Liptauer. I'm excited to try this one!
healthierkitchen July 7, 2016
Yes! I bet there is something to this myob. My version mellows it out a little, but the way everyone else in the family makes it is just cottage cheese, mustard, diced onion and paprika on top. It's mushy, so it's a dip for us. In looking at some liptauer recipes that use cottage cheese, I see it's sometimes run through a mesh strainer to smooth it out. I guess this was the quick and easy version!!
sexyLAMBCHOPx March 5, 2014
I'm going to try this. I'll let you know how it goes! What do you serve it with? crudités, Ritz, breadsticks?
healthierkitchen March 5, 2014
I usually have out crudites (how did you get the accent there?), celery is particularly well shaped, and sometimes the Ritz type crackers they sell at my local food coop - just a little less of the processed stuff, but mostly you want something round or wide and kinda flat so you can scoop up enough! Hope you like it!
emcsull January 21, 2013
think I could use Dijon ? I could always throw in some horseradish, or something.
healthierkitchen February 20, 2013
I've used Dijon in a pinch.
drbabs November 28, 2010
I love the addition of goat cheese.
healthierkitchen November 28, 2010
Thanks drbabs. It's actually a sacrilege to two of my sisters-in-law! they prefer the bite.