Liptaur: An Austrian Cheese Spread

Liptaur Austrian Cheese Dip

Liptaur is a delicious cheese spread made with soft cheese mixed with paprika, onions, capers, chives, and beets. It is a unique take on a party dip, and  is best served with crackers, pretzels, or vegetables!

Liptaur Made with Quark Cheese

So…. quark cheese. That’s what we’re workin’ with this week. Quark (obviously) comes from Austria; It’s a soft cheese vaguely similar to American cream cheese! During Austria week, my co-chef Nick and I wandered the dairy aisle of many a grocery store in search of the elusive quark cheese. Finally, we found our treasure in the cheese section of Whole Foods. God, I love that place.

So, to be fair, I’m not really a Bavarian-flavored type of gal. I don’t really like sauerkraut or pickled things or dijon mustard or anything that has a fermented taste, so I was nervous about this dish. The dijon, pickled beets, and capers all made me a liiiiiittle uncomfy. But this dip was surprisingly delicious, and something I’m excited to share! And to top it off, its color is BEA-U-TI-FUL.

Substitution and Serving Suggestions

I’ve always loved beets, so I decided to add pickled beets to the recipe. If you’d prefer, you can also remove them or substitute in a different one of your favorite pickled vegetables. I provided vegetables, crackers, bread, and pretzels for my dipping plate, but the liptaur would also be delicious as a light spread on a sandwich!

Did you like this liptaur dip? Share a photo of it on Facebook and tag @theforeignfork and hashtag #theforeignfork! You should also check out my other recipes from Austria, here!

Liptuar (Austrian Cheese Spread)

Liptaur is a delicious cheese spread made with soft cheese mixed with paprika, onions, capers, chives, and beets. It is a unique take on a party dip, and is best served with crackers, pretzels, or vegetables! 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine austrian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz quark cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 pickled beets diced
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 4 stalks chives, with whites chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 4 oz butter softened
  • 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Use and electric mixer to beat softened butter and quark cheese together. 

  2. Use a rubber spatula to mix in the rest of the ingredients. 

  3. Enjoy with pretzels, vegetables, bread, or crackers!