As I was eating slices of the Poilane-Style Miche, it occurred to me that liptauer cheese might taste pretty good slathered on it. Liptauer is a rich, creamy concoction, spiked with chopped cornichons, caraway seeds, and paprika. It really comes to life eaten along with a good bottle of cold beer. I've wanted to try Nigella Lawson's version for some time, so I whipped up a batch from Nigella Cooks. It was very tasty, although I might add just a smidge more sweet pickles to the mix the next time I make it.
NOTE: I only made half of this recipe. Two cups seemed plenty for me.
Makes about 4 cups
18 ounces cream cheese
2 1/4 cups cottage cheese
4 to 5 tablespoons capers
8 cornichons, chopped
3 teaspoons paprika
Pinch of salt
Good grating of black pepper
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
2 teaspoons French mustard
1 to 2 tablespoons flavorless vegetable oil
Fat pinch of paprika
1. Beat the cream cheese and cottage cheese together until they are very smooth. Add the capers, cornichons, paprika, salt, pepper, caraway seeds, and mustard. Mix together well and turn into a 1-quart bowl lined with plastic wrap for easier unmolding later. Smooth the top with a spatula and cover with the
overhanging plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator to set.
2. When it has become cold enough to turn out — a few hours should do it — unwrap the folded-over plastic wrap on top, place a plate over the now uncovered bowl, turn it over, and unmold. Pull the plastic wrap off and drizzle over a rust-red ooze made by mixing the oil with the paprika.
3. Serve this with bread or poppy-seed bagels, rye bread.....or Poilane-Style Miche!