For a unique alternative to your everyday appetizer, try this easy to follow Obatzda recipe. Obatzda is traditional Bavarian cheese spread that is a popular dish on beer garden menus across Germany. This delicious treat is commonly served with pretzels and bread, and washed down with wheat beer.
First, cut 1 pound of camembert or brie cheese into smaller pieces and dice 1/4-cup of Spanish onion. Then, soften 1/4-cup of butter and six ounces of cream cheese. Combine the cheese and cream cheese together in a medium sized bowl. Stir in the diced onion, as well as 2 tablespoons of finely chopped chives. Make sure the mixture is evenly combined.
Use salt, pepper, caraway seeds and paprika powder to season the Obatzda to taste. Be careful to only add a little seasoning at a time to avoid overpowering the flavor of the cheese. Next, add approximately 1/4-cup of dark German ale to the mixture. This will not only give the Obatzda a smoother appearance but it will also add to the spread's distinctive taste. It may be necessary to use a mixer to ensure that the Obatzda is evenly combined. Add a little color to the top of your Obatzda by garnishing it with a few sprinkles of finely diced chives and onions.
For a traditional Bavarian dish, serve the Obatzda with pretzels and slices of rye or German bread. If you're looking for a little more variety, vegetables are also a popular serving option. Cut broccoli, carrots, celery, cauliflower and other vegetables into bite-sized pieces that can be easily dipped. Place the Obatzda in a bowl on a serving try and arrange various dippers around the bowl. Don't forget to include several knives so your guests can spread the dip onto their food. It may also be helpful to include toothpicks so guests can enjoy mess-free dipping.