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Bavarian Obazda - Homemade Cheese Spread for the Biergarten

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Obazda - Spreadable Cheese from Munich

Obazda - Spreadable Cheese from Munich

Flickr user Nadine Born

This is not a cheese spread for the faint-hearted. "Obazda" is made out of stinky, white cheeses and spicy paprika powder, with 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.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups of cheese spread.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. ripe Romadur 60% (Belgian soft cheese) or Brie
  • 4 oz. ripe Camembert (French soft cheese)
  • 4 oz. softened butter
  • 1/2 c. minced onion
  • 1 T. sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 tsp. spicy Hungarian paprika, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground caraway
  • 1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh cream to achieve desired consistency

Preparation:

Mash the cheeses and butter together, add the onion and spices and mix well. Add cream to desired spreading consistency. The spread should be the color of bricks.

Refrigerate for a few hours to let the tastes meld together.

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.

Serve with more onions, pretzels and bread and beer.

The photo was taken by Flickr user Nadine Born.

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