Obatzda – Bavarian Cheese Spread

Obatzda – Bavarian Cheese Spread

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A rich and robust spread for pretzels, bread, fruit or veggies


  • 7 to 8 ounces Camembert or Brie, rind removed, set out to room temperature
  • 4 ounces (8 tablespoons or 1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) cream cheese (cottage cheese works, too) room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, sweet or hot (try sweet with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon crushed, not ground, caraway seed
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/2 cup Ocoberfest Wheat Beer (sub apple cider for non-alcohol version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup finely minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives for garnish
  • 1 bunch radishes. for serving
  • thinly sliced red onion, for serving
  • pear and/or apple slices, for serving
  • pretzels and/or bread for serving


Set out Camembert, butter and cream cheese, if using, to soften at room temperature. Meanwhile, crush caraway seeds with a mortar & pestle or between two pans,

In a food processor, add chunks of the Camembert or brie, process for a minute or two until broken down. Add the butter in chunks, process again, stopping to scrape down as necessary. Add in the cream or cottage cheese and do the same. Add the paprika and cayenne if using, the carraway and horseradish, beer and salt and pepper. Process to a light and creamy spread. Remove from the processor to a bowl and fold in the onions by hand. Best if refrigerated overnight.

To serve, leave out for a half an hour to an hour to soften if needed. Scoop out several portions on a large board. Sprinkle with chives. Serve with assorted pretzels, bread, fruit like apple or pear, and radishes along with some red onion rings.

Keywords: Appetizer, brie, Camembert, Cheese, German, Spreads and Dips

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