Hungarian Cottage Cheese Spread (Körözött

This spread is a favorite in Hungary. Almost every household has a special way of making it. Main spices are ground caraway seeds that give its unique taste and sweet paprika powder for the nice orange colour.
You can mix both tehén túró (cow-milk farmer’s cheese) and júh túró (sheep-milk farmer’s cheese) to see what you like. Using cow’s milk cheese alone will give you a much lighter version, while using sheep’s milk cheese will give you a stronger and heavier version. I always use cow’s milk cheese. Also, do not try to use watery cottage cheese, it is not going to work.

Hungarian cottage cheese spread, körözött recipe

Prep. time: 10 minutes
Serves 4

250 grams (8.8 ounces or 1 cup) cow’s milk or sheep’s milk cottage cheese
Half of a medium yellow onion – diced
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons, 2 ounces) of butter,
1 teaspoon of sweet red paprika powder,
1 level teaspoon of ground caraway seeds
1 good tablespoon of sour cream
Salt to taste


Mix all ingredients thoroughly until evenly mixed.

Let it chill for 3 to 4 hours so flavours come together.

Spread the körözött on bread or a crusty bun, serve with spring onions or tomatoes. It can be even filled in tomato peppers.