Austrian Cheese Spread (Liptauer)

Liptauer is typically eaten on an open sandwich, toast, crackers, bagels or as a filling in cold dishes such as stuffed tomatoes, peppers, or hard boiled eggs. It can make for a wonderful dip to serve with crudité.

In Austria, Liptauer is a typical snack served at Austrian wine-drinking taverns called Heurigin. It is commonly enjoyed in Hungary and Slovakia under different names as well.

Liptauer German Cheese Spread

Liptauer – Cheese Spread

Liptauer is a quick and easy cheese spread or dip to make and serve as part of a spread for munching on before a meal. This recipe is perfect for serving slathered on hearty rye bread or pumpernickel. The addition of another ¼ cup of sour cream makes it a perfect dip for vegetables and bread sticks.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Austria, German
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Stand Mixer with paddle attachment
  • Strainer


  • 1 cup Full fat cottage cheese
  • 4 oz Cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Hungarian paprika
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp Caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Capers, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Chives, finely chopped (1 tsp dried) or green part of 1 scallion
  • 1 tbsp Onion, minced (or white section of 1 scallion)
  • ¼ cup Sour cream, (add ¼ more if using for dip)


  • Drain the cottage cheese through a strainer. Meanwhile, cream the butter in a mixer with the paddle attachment. Add cream cheese and blend. Beat rest of the ingredients, except chives, until combined thoroughly.
    Refrigerate for a few hours in a small bowl lined with plastic wrap. To serve, remove from refrigerator and place bowl onto the middle of a serving platter. Sprinkle chives on top. Surround with slices of stiff rye bread, baguette, or crackers, and/or crunchy raw vegetables for dipping.


  • Liptauer can be made 3-4 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. 


Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 1188mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3523IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 1mg

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