Körözött – Sandwich Spread

31 Mar, 2020

When I decided to share this recipe with you, I did not realize how difficult, almost impossible it is to translate its name and even say it out loud for non-Hungarians. So here goes, Kuh-ruh-zuht, is a very popular sandwich spread in Hungary. All families have their own recipe and add their ‘secret’ ingredient to it, adjust the measurements of ingredients and they swear their körözött is the best of course. But they are wrong because mine is the best! O.k. one of the best.

This is a very divisive food in my international friendship. Lots of people love it others hate it, but no one can stay neutral. The first time I offered körözött to Kyara, I was not sure how she will like it but became one of her favorite Hungarian food. This is happiness for me.

One of the basic ingredient is sheep cottage cheese. I buy it in Turkish grocery because it’s not a general product in Dutch supermarkets. Lactose free cream cheese is the other very important ingredient what can be replaced with butter if you use it. I prefer to use cream cheese because it makes a nicer creamier texture.

You might ask if I’m already using lactose in the form of sheep cottage cheese, why use a lactose free cream cheese. Cow’s milk and therefore cheese has bigger fat globules, which is the main reason cream separates from the liquid and how we get butter. However, these bigger fat globules make it more difficult to digest. When compared to sheep’s milk which have smaller fat globules and are easier to digest I end up with a combination of sheep cottage cheese and lactose free cream cheese.

There are several ways to serve körözött, the most popular is to spread it on a slice of bread, roll or bagel. Another way is to stuff a paprika with it and slice to bite size. Stuffed tomatoes are not just delicious they look pretty too.

Körözött - Sandwich Spread

Prep Time6 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: hungarian, sheep cottage cheese, spread
Servings: 6
Author: Andrea


  • Food processor


  • 300 gram sheep cottage cheese
  • 200 gram lactose free cream cheese
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 small red onion
  • ½ tsp salt or more to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped


  • Put ingredients except parsley into the food processor and pulse it for 4 minutes until it becomes creamy.
  • Taste it and season it more according to your taste. Pulse shortly in the food processor just to mix a bit.
  • Spoon the mixture into a bowl and add finely cut parsley. Mix it with fork.
  • Spread on a slice of bread or stuff paprika or tomato with it and enjoy.