Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Every year my sons' school does a Cultural Night.  The kids get to teach each other about their cultural backgrounds.  My children are among some of whitest children ever to draw a breath and it is usually assumed that they have no identifiable cultural background.  As a result they spend the evening following the lead of others and not getting to represent their own cultural heritage.  It falls on me to represent their cultural background in the form of food, which is what I do best.  Last year I made Shortbread to represent my own primarily Scottish heritage.  This year I decided to do something Hungarian as my husband is largely and almost entirely of Hungarian descent.  I chose two dishes, a savory and sweet.  Today I am sharing with you a Hungarian cheese spread called Liptauer. 

8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
3 tablespoons capers
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
3 teaspoons Hungarian paprika
  1. Cream together all the ingredients.  Place in a bowl or mold and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. 
  2. Serve with rye bread squares or fresh veggies

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