Pronunciation: [LIP-tow-er]

Hailing from and named after a province in Hungary, Liptauer contains about 45 percent fat and is usually made from sheep's milk, although cow's milk is sometimes mixed in. This soft, fresh cheese has a mild flavor that is commonly seasoned with herbs, onions, garlic and paprika (which, if used, turns it orangish red—those without can be stark white). There are numerous recipes, with some using as many as 20 ingredients. It's a delicious snack cheese, which, depending on the flavoring, can go nicely with anything from beer to white wine. Liptauer is sold in various sized pots, boxes or other containers. Though in Hungary the cheese itself is referred to as "Liptauer," those in German-speaking countries use the same word to describe the cheese when mixed with flavorings. See also cheese.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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