Korozott is an authentic cheese spread from Hungary, often enjoyed schmeared on rye or sourdough bread slices with a cold pint of beer.
Traditional Körözött is typically prepared with fresh cheeses like cottage cheese, farmer’s cheese or quark. This easy recipe features a creamy mixture of dry cottage cheese, cream cheese and sour cream.
The orange-coloured cheese spread is distinctly flavoured with sweet Hungarian paprika, dry mustard and caraway seeds.
Impress guests by serving the eye-catching cheese spread on a charcuterie board with pickles, capers, sardines and caviar.
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What Is Korozott?
Korozott, also known as Körözött, is a traditional Hungarian cheese spread.
The savoury cheese spread is served throughout Hungary as well as in Slovakia, Austria, and Northern Italy, where it is known as Liptauer. Körözött is a paprika-flavoured spreadable cheese dip, which has an attractive and distinct red-orange colour.
It’s typically part of a Hungarian appetizer spread, offered with chunks of bread and crudités, or spread on sourdough to make open-faced sandwiches. Locals love to add a selection of sliced sausage with a mixture of raw vegetables for a light lunch or afternoon snack.
In Hungary the main ingredient in Korozott is a fresh local sheep milk cheese called turo. It can be hard to find in North American grocery stores so you can substitue for dry cottage cheese, farmer’s cheese or quark.
Travel to Hungary by Making Körözött Spread at Home
I love traveling to Europe!
During my first visit to the continent I traveled for 5 months by train and plane. I had the opportunity to eat my way through Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland,Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey and Italy.
I visited Hungary on my first trip to Europe. I backpacked to 18 European countries in the summer of my third year of university. I was living on a shoestring, sleeping in friendly hostels and eating my way from the stunning sunsets of the Portuguese Algarve to scenic fjords on the west coast of Norway.
I spent 4 days exploring Budapest, the Hungarian capital. The two scenic cities (Buda and Pest) straddle the Danube River and offer visiting foodies gorgeous architecture, scenic views, bustling markets and friendly and affordable restaurants.
No trip to the capital is complete without a visit to the Budapest Central Market. Korozott lovers will find endless market stalls selling strings of dried red peppers that dangle over your head like Christmas garlands. At cheese, olive and pickle stands you can purchase prepared Korozott, which is scooped in a tub to be enjoyed at home with bread and crackers.
Where To Eat Traditional Korozott
Haven’t traveled to Europe before? It may be helpful to first sample Korozott at a local Hungarian restaurant to better understand how the spread is served. You can determine the ideal portion size to serve, thickness of the spread and intensity of flavour for the paprika and caraway.
In Toronto, popular Eastern European restaurants in Yorkville, King West and Ossington that may serve authentic Hungarian Cheese Spread include Cafe Polonez, Wvrst, Country Style Hungarian, Tennessee Tavern, Amber European and Chopin.
My Family Loves Korozott Cheese Spread
I love preparing this Korozott recipe in the summer as a light lunch or easy afternoon snack. I first prepared it for my family for brunch on a summer morning at our cottage in Muskoka. It was an instant hit!
We typically serve this cottage cheese spread in a small bowl with a wee knife so guests can schmear it on slices of rye or sourdough bread and crackers.
We often double the recipe as leftovers keep for up to a week and can be enjoyed with eggs at breakfast, as a substitute for sliced cheese in sandwiches at lunch and for dinner as part of a charcuterie and cheese board.
Hungarian Cheese Spread Health Benefits
Our Hungarian cottage cheese spread recipe is packed full of wholesome ingredients!
Scallions & Onions are a humble vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of onions can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
It is only recently that scientists have begun to identify the components responsible for garlic’s myriad health benefits. Rich in phytochemicals and potassium, garlic helps boost your immune system, fight cancer and protect your heart.
Caraway Seeds are a rich source of antioxidants. The spice contains a significant amount of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids that are linked to a reduction in dangerous free radicals.
Paprika is rich in vitamin A, capsaicin, and carotenoid antioxidants. These substances may help prevent inflammation and improve your cholesterol, eye health and blood sugar levels.
Packed with calcium and friendly probiotic bacteria, sour cream and yogurt help keep your bones strong and your gut healthy. Yogurt may also help reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and some types of cancer.
Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.
Körözött Recipe Cooking Tips
This authentic Korozott recipe is quick and easy to make at home.
- We like to use a mixture of dry cottage cheese (farmer’s cheese) and cream cheese. A smidgen of sour cream is added to give the spread a creamy consistency.
- You can combine the ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon or spatula in a mixing bowl. Or save yourself some time and use electric egg beaters or a stand mixer with a whisk or paddle attachement.
- Use high quality Hungarian Sweet Paprika in this recipe, not smoked paprika!
- We like to garnish the cheese spread with finely minced red onion but you can also use shallots if you prefer.
What To Serve with Korozott
If you’re a lover of cheese & charcuterie boards I guarantee once you’ve tasted this easy Korozott recipe it’ll be in your regular rotation.
We like to serve the paprika cheese spread with slices of bread like rye and sourdough as well as a basket of artisanal crackers.
You might also like to include small dishes filled with capers, sardines, gherkins, and cocktail onions. If you’re feeling fancy a tin of caviar or creamy foie gras are sure to wow guests.
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How To Make Korozott Hungarian Cheese Spread Dip
Korozott Hungarian Cheese Spread
- mixing bowl
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Spatula or Wooden Spoon
- 300 g Cottage Cheese
- 1/2 cup Cream Cheese
- 4 Scallions finely chopped
- 2 tbsp Sour Cream
- 1 tbsp Sweet Paprika
- 2 tbsp Caraway Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Mustard Powder
- 1 Garlic Clove crushed
- 1/4 cup Chives chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp Red Onion finely chopped
- Put the cottage cheese and cream cheese into a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Add the chopped scallions, sour cream, paprika, caraway seeds, mustard powder, garlic and fresh chives.
- Stir together well and serve topped with red onion and slather on crusty bread.
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