Obatzda Spread

Lori & Paul, BURP!

The biergarten was first popularized in Bavaria in the 19th century. The original gardens didn’t sell food, but as their popularity progressed, they moved to serving snacks like pretzels with a cheese spread called obatzda. Obatzda is a regional delicacy that was originally born out of necessity. Not wanting to throw away leftover cheese during times of food shortage, it was mixed with butter and spices and served again.

This version of the original is based on traditional recipes, though we’ve adjusted the ratios of butter and cheese to meet the needs of the modern palate. It’s delicious served with Bavarian-style pretzels, smeared on bread or simply served with crackers. In any case, it’s the perfect dish to serve at your next holiday gathering or cocktail party.

Obatzda Spread

By Lori & Paul


1 very small sweet onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 pound Camembert cheese, cut into roughly 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup Lager or other German-style beer
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika


Place onion into bowl of food processor and process until minced finely. Add Camembert, butter, caraway seeds and paprika and process until well combined. Add beer slowly through feed tube, processing until the mixture is smooth.

Serve with soft pretzels, rye bread or crackers.

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