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Austrian Potato Cheese Spread (Erdapfelkas)

25/02/2016 (Last Updated: 11/05/2018)

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!

Austrian Potato Cheese Erdapfelkas - No cheese. All creamy goodness. This side dish is the simple crowdpleaser you need at your next barbeque or Austrian style breakfast. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

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!)

Austrian Potato Cheese Erdapfelkas - No cheese. All creamy goodness. This side dish is the simple crowdpleaser you need at your next barbeque or Austrian style breakfast. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

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 😉 )

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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!

Austrian Potato Cheese Erdapfelkas - No cheese. All creamy goodness. This side dish is the simple crowdpleaser you need at your next barbeque or Austrian style breakfast. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

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?

Pouring a drink and getting crazy in the kitchen of course! To cook up one of our favourite Austrian recipes no less – this Viennese Beef Roulade from our amazing friend Kat who we met in Vienna.

Austrian Potato Cheese Erdapfelkas - No cheese. All creamy goodness. This side dish is the simple crowdpleaser you need at your next barbeque or Austrian style breakfast. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

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.

MM mmm.

Austrian Potato Cheese Erdapfelkas - No cheese. All creamy goodness. This side dish is the simple crowdpleaser you need at your next barbeque or Austrian style breakfast. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

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.

Cough.

Austrian Potato Cheese Erdapfelkas - No cheese. All creamy goodness. This side dish is the simple crowdpleaser you need at your next barbeque or Austrian style breakfast. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

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!!

Austrian Potato Cheese Erdapfelkas - No cheese. All creamy goodness. This side dish is the simple crowdpleaser you need at your next barbeque or Austrian style breakfast. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Austrian Potato Cheese Spread (Erdapfelkas)

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 the strangest thing is? There’s actually no cheese in this recipe at all!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Austrian
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 500 g potatoes diced
  • Sour cream or yoghurt
  • 1 brown onion finely chopped
  • 1 bundle chives finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Austrian Potato Cheese lasts around three days maximum. A great way to use up any leftovers is to add flour and an egg, then form into a burger and fry in a pan.
If you prefer not to include raw onions you can gently fry them in a pan until soft and translucent, but avoid caramelising as this will change the flavour.
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Hanni
    12/07/2019 at 3:23 am

    Traditionally it is put into a bowl and pressed down. After a while you turn it out and it can then be sliced. I think that’s why it is a “cheese”

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      17/07/2019 at 4:22 pm

      Well there you go! Thanks, that’s awesome to know. Our host in Vienna just served them in bowls, so we’ll have to have a go at pressing them ourselves at home. 🙂

  • Reply
    Martin @ The Why Chef
    26/02/2016 at 9:15 pm

    So is it cheesy sort of flavoured?? Or are them Austrians just bit bonkers? I’m doing a fish pie in a few days so I’m nicking your pie-topping idea!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      27/02/2016 at 8:20 am

      It’s more onion-y garlic-y goodness than truly cheesy. It really is an obscure name for a dish that’s rediculously moreish. Also, YES YES YES to the topping idea…it went so good on the Shepherd’s Pie.

  • Reply
    Felesha
    26/02/2016 at 3:55 pm

    I love all things potato!! Can’t wait to try this one!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      27/02/2016 at 8:16 am

      Yes, us too! Potato is such an awesome ingredient to cook with.

  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    26/02/2016 at 12:01 pm

    Yum! This looks so good I wish I could eat some right now. I have to see if I have all the ingredients… 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      27/02/2016 at 8:15 am

      We hope you do too! Actually made this at my parent’s house (Sarah’s) and my Mum just happened to have everything we needed without heading to the shops – perfect 😀 haha

  • Reply
    Peter @ Feed Your Soul Too
    26/02/2016 at 11:56 am

    Never heard of this but this looks wonderful.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      27/02/2016 at 8:12 am

      Yes, we hadn’t either Peter. It really is an addictive side dish!

  • Reply
    LindySez
    26/02/2016 at 11:37 am

    Nice recipe. Great combo of flavors. AND I love any mashed potato…so these will be had soon.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/02/2016 at 11:49 am

      Thanks Lindy, mashed potato is the best isn’t it? We also used this last night as a topping for a Shepherd’s Pie (Spoiler Alert: It was amazing!) Hope you enjoy! 😀

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