Gzik: A Creamy, Tangy Polish Cottage Cheese Spread


Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with Gzik, a delightfully creamy and tangy cottage cheese spread that's a beloved staple in Polish cuisine. This versatile and flavorful spread is perfect for slathering on bread, crackers, or even using as a dip for fresh vegetables.

Gzik: A Creamy, Tangy Polish Cottage Cheese Spread

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Chilling Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 120
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Total Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 9g


  • 1 cup (225g) cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60g) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and milk. Using a fork or a potato masher, mash and mix the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the chopped fresh dill, chopped fresh chives, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper to the cheese mixture.
  3. Stir well until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. Before serving, give the Gzik a final stir to incorporate any separated liquids.
  6. Serve chilled, with bread, crackers, or fresh vegetables for dipping.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a thinner consistency, add more milk or sour cream to the mixture.
  • Experiment with different herbs and spices to create your own unique flavor variations.
  • Gzik can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh?

A: While fresh herbs are preferred for their vibrant flavor, you can use dried herbs as a substitute. Reduce the amount by half when using dried herbs.

Q: Can I use low-fat or non-fat dairy products?

A: Yes, you can use low-fat or non-fat cottage cheese, sour cream, and cream cheese to reduce the overall fat content of the Gzik.

Q: Can I freeze Gzik?

A: It's not recommended to freeze Gzik as the texture and consistency may change upon thawing.

Indulge in the tangy, creamy goodness of Gzik, a versatile Polish cottage cheese spread that's sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Slather it on bread, use it as a dip, or get creative and incorporate it into your favorite recipes for a burst of fresh, tangy flavor.