Liptauer is a spicy cheese spread made with sheep's-milk cheese, goat's milk cheese, quark cheese or cottage cheese. It is a part of Slovak cuisine (Slovak "Šmirkás"), Hungarian cuisine (Hungarian "Liptói Túró" or "Körözött"), Austrian cuisine and Italian cuisine. The name "Liptauer" is derived from the German word for the region of Liptov in Northern Slovakia (Liptau in German, Liptó in Hungarian, a county (Liptó county), before 1918, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
In the province of Trieste in Italy, the cheese is also known as Spuma di formaggio all'ungherese
If ready made, generally comes in small tinfoil packages and has a spicy, sharp taste.
In Austria, it is a typical snack served at the Heuriger (Austrian wine-drinking Tavern).
Liptauer cheese spread can be made of any soft cheeses. Cottage cheese, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, quark cheese, soft goat or sheep cheese are all suitable for this purpose. The cheese is mixed with local sour cream, butter, margarine or beer and finely chopped onions. Spices are added, like ground paprika, fresh parsley, usually whole caraway seeds (or ground caraway). Other recipes involve prepared mustard, Worcestershire sauce, capers or anchovy paste. Consumed on open sandwich, toast, crackers, bagels or as a filling in cold dishes like filled tomatoes, peppers, or hard boiled eggs. In Slovakia and Hungary there are many Liptauer or “körözött” recipes. All families have their own family recipe and they claim that the right körözött is like their own individual interpretations of the dish.