German Cheese Spread Recipe - Obatzda Für Den Biergarten

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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups (12 servings)
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This Bavarian/German cheese spread recipe, known as Obatzda (also known as Grupfter in Frankonia), is not for the faint-hearted. It is made with a blend of stinky, white aged soft cheeses, sweet or hot paprika, and a good bit of onion thrown into the mix. Do not make this bread spread for a first date or Valentine's day. Do make it for Oktoberfest, to be eaten with pretzels or bread and washed down with good German beer.

Some recipes also call for garlic, horseradish, cloves, and cream cheese. A Hungarian/Slovakian version is made with Liptauer cheese and is known as Korozott Juhturo.

Obatzda is a classic German beer garden food found on a Brotzeit, a snack platter with hearty bread, sausage, pickles, and radishes. Other classic German bread spread recipes include cheese-based spreads like Obatzda and this Herbed Quark Cream Recipe, vegetarian and dairy-free spreads like this Tomato Spread Recipe, sweet spreads like Strawberry Cream Cheese Recipe, meat and fish spreads like Chicken Liver Pâté Recipe.

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What You'll Need

  • 4 ounces cheese (ripe Romadur 60% [Belgian soft cheese] or Brie)
  • 4 ounces cheese (ripe Camembert [French soft cheese])
  • 4 ounces butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup onion (finely minced, not chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (sweet Hungarian)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (hot or spicy Hungarian, or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Fresh heavy cream to achieve desired consistency

How to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, mash together 4 ounces Romadur or Brie cheese, 4 ounces Camembert cheese and 4 ounces softened butter until well combined.
  2. Add the 1/2 cup minced onion, 1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika, 1 teaspoon spicy Hungarian paprika, 1/2 teaspoon ground caraway, 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add heavy cream to desired spreading consistency. The Obatzda spread should be the color of bricks.
  1. Refrigerate for a few hours to let the tastes meld together.
  2. If you like a smooth spread, combine the cheeses, butter, and spices in a food processor until smooth. Add the minced onion last, by hand.
  3. Serve with more thinly sliced onions, pretzels, bread, and beer.