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Hungarian Cottage Cheese Spread (Körözött)
Hungarian cottage cheese spread is a favorite savory snack in the country. 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. According to the original recipe, garlic is not added to this spread.
People like to have cottage cheese spread for breakfast, or as a midday snack with crackers or slices of rye bread. They often have it for dinner with fresh bread and sweet yellow or hot green peppers and tomatoes.
Also, it is a quick and easy finger food recipe, cheese canapés are always a favourite party nibble.
You can keep it in the fridge, it stays fresh for a couple of days.
What kind of cheese should you use?
You can mix both tehén túró (cow-milk farmer’s cheese) and júhtúró (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.Use dry, crumbly cottage cheese or farmer’s cheese.
If you choose sheep’s milk cheese, don’t add salt because it’s salty enough to make a tasty spread.
Hungarian Cottage Cheese Spread - Körözött
- 1 Spoon
- 1 Bowl
- 1 Chef's knife
- 1 Cutting board
- 1 cup dry cottage cheese or farmer's cheese
- 1/2 smaller Spanish onion
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp sour cream
- salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon sweet red paprika powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground caraway seeds
- Fine dice the onion.
- Using a fork crumble the dry cottage cheese.
- In a bowl mix together all the ingredients 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.