Liptovsky Syr
Liptauer Cheese

Makes about  2 cups

8 ounces cottage cheese
8 tablespoons (1 quarter-pound stick) unsalted butter softened
1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon chopped capers
1 tablespoon finely chopped onions
1/2 cup sour cream (plus 1/4 cup if dip is desired)
3 tablespoon finely chopped chives

With a wooden spoon rub the cottage through a sieve into a mixture bowl.  Cream the butter by beating it against the side of a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.  Beat in the cheese, the paprika, a generous grinding of black pepper, the salt, caraway seeds, mustard, capers onions and sour cream.

Continue beating vigorously with a wooden spoon or by using an electric mixer at medium speed until the mixture forms a smooth paste.

If the Liptauer cheese is to be used as a spread, shape it into a mound and decorate it with the chives, or shape it into a ball that may be rolled in the chives.  Refrigerate it for 2 hours, or until it is firm.