The Balkan Cookbook

Liptoi Cheese Spread

Today I present to you the “Liptói Cheese Spread” from Inge Kramarz’s The Balkan Cookbook (1972). Commonly referred to as “liptauer,” this seasoned cream cheese spread is named after the northern Slovakian county from which it originated, Liptó.

Simple to execute and filled with characteristic Balkan flavouring like caraway, chives, and paprika, this hors d’oeuvre makes an excellent opening salvo for your next Balkan-themed dinner party.


1/2 lb cream cheese
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp powdered mustard
1/2 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp chives, chopped
1 tsp capers, chopped


  1. Whip together cream cheese and butter.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and chill.
  3. Serve with dark bread.