Here’s something a little bit different, but once tried it’s sure to jump straight onto your favourites list. This beloved Austrian recipe is known as Erdapfelkas in Austria but more commonly in English as Austrian Potato Cheese. Sounds delicious, but you know what’s the strangest thing? There’s actually no cheese in this vegetarian recipe at all!
It’s been a few days now since we flew back into our little hometown of Adelaide. We landed at the totally horrible time of 6:00am, bleary eyed but super excited, a whole four days “before schedule” – at least, according to what we’d told everyone back home, that is.
We’d had zero sleep on the red-eye from Bali into Adelaide, and I think it was a mixture of hyper-excitement and over-exhaustion, not to mention snoring passengers and kicking knees into our seats, that meant our eyes never closed for more than a few minutes at a time.
Gotta love those overnight flights, right?
(Sooooo glad we don’t have to fly on any again, at least for a little while!)
So, after catching up with two amazing friends who picked us up from the airport and took us out for an Aussie breakfast (and cofffeeeeeeee, you legends), our sneaky cheeky plan was to surprise our parents, friends and family, one at a time.
And boy did we succeed in that!
Reactions ranged from ‘Wow you’re home early’ and ‘Yaaaaayyyy, you’re heeeere’ through to ‘What the hell are you two doing here?!’
(Hahaha, thanks Dad 😉 )This is THE creamy side dish you need at your next bbq. #austrianfood #needthisinmylifeClick To Tweet
Yep. It was a surreal day. And not just from the lack of sleep.
Once we got the keys to my car back we spent the afternoon driving around town, checking out the sights to see what had changed and what hadn’t, and hitting up all our favourite import stores to see just what ingredients we have to play with now that we’re home.
And the news is good people! With Asian, European and Indian import stores just a short drive away, we’re set to create some epic meals once we’ve finished moving in and setting up our kitchen. Yessssss!
Jet lag schmetlag. What’s the next thing these two crazy Wandercooks got up to after an overnight flight, a day of epic surprising fun and shopping til we dropped?
Are you READY for Austrian Potato Cheese Spread?
Reminiscing about those tender rolls of beef wrapped around a quirky mix of carrot, gherkin, anchovy and capers had us craving another recipe we’d learned from Kat, this creamy, cheesy potato spread known as Erdapfelkas AKA Austrian Potato Cheese.
And boy is this stuff DIVINE.
Super simple to make + barely any effort = a traditional Austrian dip/spread that just begs to be paired with a thick slice of chunky, crusty bread.
Rye bread? Cob loaf? PRETZELS! (Yes yes). What’s your favourite?
Whatever you choose, just grab that fluffy thing out, slice it up and spread with a thick layer of Austrian Potato Cheese.
The locals in Austria often eat Austrian Potato Cheese as a breakfast dish or served up for dinner alongside cold cuts and any cheese they can get their mits on. But we think it’s perfect as a BBQ side or just any time you want to eat up a bowl of delicious comfort food.
And if you have any leftover, you could always turn it into cheesy potato pancakes, you know, if you wanted to.
Have you ever surprised your loved ones after a trip away (big or small)? How did it go, and how did they react? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear your story!!
- 500 g potatoes diced
- sour cream or yoghurt
- 1 brown onion finely chopped
- 1 bunch chives finely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place the potatoes in a large pot. Fill with water and boil until potato is soft and easy to mash with a fork or potato masher. Mash until smooth.
- Add sour cream 1 tbsp at a time and mix. Continue adding sour cream and mixing until you achieve a nice spreadable texture.
- Add chives, onion, and salt and pepper to taste and mix until well combined.
- Serve with slices of crusty bread.