Spread or Dip
One of my favorite snack foods is Ryvita crisp bread. Unfortunately it can get old pretty quick if all you have is a boring old cheese spread to put on top of it.
Recently I stumbled upon Liptauer spreads and dips while watching an episode of Nigella Lawson's cooking show. Liptauer is a popular European dip or spread used on bagels, toast, crackers etc. The moment I saw it I knew it would be perfect for my Ryvita crisp bread snacks.
Nigella's original televised recipe called for cheese curds. I'm not so much a fan of curds and as luck would have it I couldn't find any. I tried looking for Nigella's televised recipe online but found a lot of different ones. The main ones seemed to have anchovies. I don't do anchovies in any shape or form.
What follows is my final result and directions for making Liptauer crisp bread (or bagel, or toast) spread. And if I must say so myself, it is marvelous!
- 1 package cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 1 tablespoon of capers
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 5 gherkins
What Is Ryvita
Ryvita is a Whole Grain Rye Crispbread that is fat free and low-cal. My favorite is the dark rye but it also comes in oat, bran, and sesame. You can find this and other flavors online at Amazon or at your local grocery (try the bread section).
If you have a food processor you can add all the ingredients and blend them until smooth.
I don't have a food processor and these following directions are for others who do not.
Leave out the cream cheese for a least one hour to soften. If you have a blender blend it to soften more. Add mustard, caraway, paprika and set aside.
Rinse capers and cut each in half. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just a quick slice. Add to cheese mixture.
Cut gherkins in quarters lengthwise then chop into small pieces. Again, doesn't have to be perfect but you don't want them too big or to waste time making them too small. Add them to cream cheese.
Take a stiff mixing spoon and continue folding mixture until well combined. Add to a lidded Tupperware container and store in fridge.
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