Great paprika spread recipes for canapés and sandwiches. Get inspired!

Do you love the classics? Then definitely try the Budapest spread recipes, which are suitable for various occasions.

You can prepare it as a light snack or dinner, but you can also enjoy it during a family celebration.

You can get inspired in our article, where you will find several interesting variants of this popular appetizer.

Surprise your loved ones and friends with your hosting skills and satisfy their taste buds with a simple treat, for example on a fresh baguette.

A classic Budapest spread

Although we know this spread with typically Czech ingredients, which is clearly cottage cheese, but if you try to replace it with farm cheese, you will lick your lips even more than with the classic recipe. After all, if you want to prepare a classic, try recipes for cottage cheese dumplings and you will immediately be in a better mood.


  • 220 g of farm cheese
  • 90 g of softened fresh unsalted butter
  • 70 g of sterilized red pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 4 teaspoons of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  • Farm cheese with butter must be at room temperature to work with them without problems.
  • Peel the onion, chop it finely and put it in a bowl.
  • Place the red pepper in a colander to drain. Then finely chop it and add it to the onion.
  • Add softened butter, farm cheese, salt and mix thoroughly.
  • Once all the ingredients are combined, put the finished spread in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • The spread will then be even better. Serve with fresh bread or a baguette. It will also be perfect on canapés made of rolls.
Budapest paprika spread in the original version.

Summer Budapest spread

Hungarian gastronomy has many interesting recipes and this is one of them. The resulting dish is very delicious, delicate and almost addictive.


  • 250 g of sheep’s cottage cheese
  • 100 g of classic cottage cheese
  • 150 ml of sour cream
  • 1 – 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of sweet ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of hot pepper
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • A little cumin


  • Put both curds in a bowl and mix with a fork.
  • Add sour cream, sweet and hot paprika, peeled and diced red onion and cumin.
  • Add salt, pepper and mix thoroughly.
  • Once the spread is ready, put it in the fridge and let it sit for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Perfect for fresh bread, toast, but also for slices of fresh vegetables.
Hungarian cheese spread with spring onion.

Pepper curd mixture

Budapest spread is a popular delicacy that everyone makes in their own way. However, this does not mean that it is not worth trying something else. Tastes are different and if you are preparing a treat for friends, for example, it is an ideal opportunity to give them a taste of a new recipe.


  • 250 g of cottage cheese
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 teaspoon sweet ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground four-color pepper
  • 1/3 cube of butter
  • 1 – 2 spoons of sour cream


  • In a small bowl, mix the cottage cheese with softened butter and sour cream.
  • Peel the onion, chop it finely and add it to the cottage cheese.
  • Sprinkle paprika, salt, pepper, cumin and mix thoroughly.
  • Cover with a plate or food foil and leave to rest for at least 3 to 4 hours.
  • The spread tastes great on a crispy bun, fresh bread, but you can also spread it on crackers or rice bread.
A luxurious curd spread with the aroma of cumin.

Hungarian dip with Feta

This summer Budapest spread is an ideal treat with vegetable sticks, salty crackers or crusty bread.

We can have this delicacy as breakfast, snack and dinner. This is the advantage of this universal recipe.


  • 1/2 cup of crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon ground sweet paprika
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Sea salt to taste


  • Put the feta cheese and cottage cheese in a bowl and mash with a fork.
  • Add ground cumin and sweet paprika and mix.
  • Peel the onion, cut it into the smallest possible pieces and throw it in a bowl.
  • Drizzle with sour cream, add salt and pepper and mix again.
  • If the mixture is too thick, we can add 1-2 tablespoons of milk.
  • Cover the spread with cling film and put it in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  • Serve with crackers or on fresh bread.
A simple Budapest-style dip with cottage cheese and Feta cheese.

Cheese coating

Homemade Budapest spread tastes the best, especially when we find the right recipe. This delicacy is especially popular in Hungary, but it has gained its fans in other cuisines as well.


  • 250 g of sheep’s milk cottage cheese
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 125 g fresh unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of sour cream
  • A pinch of white pepper
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel the onion, cut it into small cubes and put it in a bowl.
  • Add softened butter with cottage cheese and mix thoroughly.
  • Sprinkle sweet paprika, ground cumin, pepper and salt, and finally sour cream.
  • Mix everything to create a smooth mixture.
  • Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for at least 4 hours to mix all the ingredients.
  • The spread is great on bread or fresh pastries. We can decorate with spring onions or tomatoes.

Tip: If we want to prepare an interesting treat for friends, for example, we cut off the top of the tomato with the stem, hollow out the inside with a spoon and fill the tomatoes with this spread.

Spread made from farm cottage cheese with paprika.

Paprika and garlic spread

Budapest, as this delicacy is also called, is a very popular type of spread that is suitable for any occasion.

This version contains, among other things, garlic. As we know, it can spice up even the most boring dish and turn it into a delicacy that will not be forgotten.


  • 350 g of cottage cheese
  • 240 g of cream cheese
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 – 3 spoons of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon ground sweet paprika
  • A pinch of hot pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon full-fat mustard
  • 1 – 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel the onion and cut it into fine cubes. Clean and press the garlic. Put both in a bowl.
  • Chop the chives and add to the bowl.
  • Add cottage cheese and cream cheese and mix with a fork.
  • Add sour cream, sweet and hot paprika, cumin, mustard and salt.
  • Finally, mix very thoroughly and then immediately store in the refrigerator.
  • Best served on fresh bread with tomatoes.
An excellent version of the Budapest spread with the aroma of garlic.

Interesting facts at the end

Let’s take a look together at the factory where cottage cheese and various other products related to it are produced.

How It’s Made Cream Cheese

Are you going to prepare a spread, but you ran out of sour cream? Try to prepare it at home using commonly available ingredients according to the following video.

How to Make Sour Cream

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