Thursday, March 17, 2011

Liptauer cheese ~ Korozott


I'm sure you're all enjoying an Irish meal today.  We're having deconstructed corn beef, cabbage and potatoes.  They are all being done separately.  I'm braising bok choy and roasting the potatoes.

I thought you might enjoy a recipe that has nothing to do with the day unless, perhaps, you live in Hungary.  This is another recipe from my late friend, Judith G.  She said everyone  had their own "twist" on Liptauer Cheese Spread but her rendering was the best!!  According to Judith, no Hungarian party was a success without Korozott on the table.  It's also a popular dish in restaurants with a garden.  There, in the "old days" it was served on a large platter with the cheese served in the middle surrounded by little mounds of butter, chives, mustard, rolled anchovies and paprika.  The diner mixed their own to taste.  It was accompanied with fresh salt sticks (she never gave me that recipe) or bread, spring onions and radishes.

My mother, who said she hated anchovies, loved it.  I think that most folks, like my mother, who say they hate anchovies have never really had them.

I hope that you'll give it a try.  I assure you that no one will comment on the anchovies unless you leave them out.  The cheese will not have the proper taste and they'll wonder why you bothered!

Here's Judith's recipe.

Liptauer Cheese Spread--Korozott from the recipe of Judith G.

1/2 pound cream cheese, softened
1 stick, 4 oz, softened butter (oops, I only used 4 Tbsp and it was fine)
1/4 pound feta cheese at room temperature
1 Tbsp grated onion or shallot
1 heaping Tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika
1 tsp anchovy paste
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp caraway seeds (instead, I used two Tbsp drained and rinsed capers)

1.  Cream butter, cream and feta cheeses in the food processor with steel blade.
2.  Add rest of ingredients except for the capers and mix well.
3.  Stir in the capers.
4.  Can be prepared several days ahead.
5.  Traditionally served with thinly sliced pumpernickel bread and radishes.


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  2. Anchovies have popped up in Blogland the last couple days, I've never cooked with them before. I think I'd be fine with the paste, might pick some up! Happy St. Patrick's Day Bonnie:@)

  3. Your deconstructed Irish meal sounds delicious! Bonnie, I have to admit that I have never used anchovies in a recipe. I have been tempted, by the notion of making my own Caesar's dressing... but I have not done it. You make me think more about giving it a go.

  4. This sounds very interesting...I've never used anchovies. Why, I wonder? This might be a nice place to start. Happy St. Pat's Day!

  5. your dishes are always so attractive in your photos, the dish, the food, the decor is perfect. my dad was Irish and i have never eaten an Irish meal, what ever that is. we did and do not pay any attention at all to st pat day.

  6. Happy St. Paddy's day to you too! I find that with anchovies, I tend to love the dish so long as I don't know that they're in there. They always add a little pizazz. Sounds like a great spread!

  7. Happy St. Patrick's Day back to you! Your meal will sound yummy to hubby as he loves corn beef. I on the other hand... ick. I will have to wear a face mask and cook it, turn on the attic fan to flush out the odor of the cabbage. Thank goodness its warm today and I can open all the windows.

    I will plug in my favorite movie today The Quiet Man with John Wayne and sip some tea while it cooks.

    Luck of the Irish to you and yours.

  8. The addition of sardine paste is not something I would thought of on my own but it would add its own qualities to the spread. Yum.

  9. Yum, everything sounds good. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  10. wow...such a yummy bread daughter's going to love it !first time here....u do have a wonderful space...happy to follow u !

  11. This looks real interesting, I have never heard of it!! Wish I could reach in the screen with a cracker and dip a taste!!

  12. Bonnie,

    Your posts always make me want to cook and eat. I wish I had more time or at least lived closer to you ;)

    Happy St. Patty's Day!


  13. Sounds good. I love capers!

  14. To "Mom on a Wire": If I lived closer, I would have made the "Dancing Queen" a pink birthday cake.


  15. Liptauer cheese is a favorite and your recipe for it is wonderful. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  16. Hi Bonnie, That cheese dip sounds great --but I'm truly not fond of anchovies.... IF the dip has a huge anchovy flavor, I probably would pass on it. But if the flavor is not prevalent---I may like it... Maybe I just need to try this Liptauer cheese sometime...

    Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day... I have some Irish blood in me --and need to put on my green so that George won't pinch me... ha ha


  17. I'm not gonna lie. I'm a little scared of anchovies. But, if there's anyway I can trick myself into eating them is to bury them in lots of tasty cheese!

  18. Bonnie,

    Dip sounds wonderful. We love anchovies and I always have paste in the house too.

    We ate our St. Patrick's Day Dinner last week and will go out for another one tonight. Doesn't get any better than that!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  19. As I get older and braver, I truly believe that the anchovy is a miracle ingredient that cannot be recognized unless you are the one preparing the dish. Love it!!

  20. That spread sounds wonderful. My mother is half Hungarian and whenever she makes Hungarian food I get very excited because I know something wonderful is in store. The anchovy paste addition sounds great, too :)

  21. Where do you get such cool recipes? And Bonnie, I have a question; have you ever posted a recipe you tried and DID NOT like? I just wondered...I am not usually a 'tryer' of new foods, I stick to my tried and true foods...

  22. Yet again you offer a wonderful recipe that I need to try. Thanks!

  23. My father-in-law would love this! I'll have to bookmark and make this for him when he comes to visit. He loves anchovies.

  24. Happy St Pat's to you.
    Love this kind of recipe; I keep it on the back burner for a special meal for 2 with a baguette and a bottle of wine.

  25. I've never heard of Liptauer cheese spread but it sounds tasty. I like anchovies!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  26. This makes my mouth water (like a lot of your recipes!) and I'd love to make it.

  27. This sounds SO good to me. I'm going to have to make it! I always put anchovies in my spaghetti sauce. Sometimes I forget and when I eat it, I can tell immediately that the anchovies aren't in there.

  28. I think I'd like the capers in this too! This sounds like a delicious spread, Bonnie!

  29. I've never tasted anchovies but I a game for anything. Your meal sounded great I bet it tasted great too.

    My dear DIL does the whole Corn Beef and Cabbage served with Irish Soda bread and all that is green on St. Pat's day.

    God bless ya and have a beautiful weekend sweetie!!!


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