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Obatzda, Beer Garden Favorite, Recipes

The warm weather months in Germany, and especially in Bavaria, are beer garden time. From spring through to the autumn sitting in the chestnut tree shaded areas, originally planted to cover and keep underground beer storage cellars cool, is a favorite way to spend warm days and evenings.

As long as you buy a beer or other beverage you can bring your own snacks. Just like a picnic. Each beer garden will offer its own local, invariably homemade, specialty to accompany the beer; perhaps grilled half a chicken, fish on a stick or pork knuckle.

And in Bavaria Obatzda will always be on offer. It is a sometimes "pungent" type of spicy mixed cheese blend, usually accompanied by a large pretzel and thinly sliced white, or whole red, radishes.

All beer gardens, Biergaerten, serve their own slightly different interpretation of Obatzda; although Camembert type of cheese as a base and the "pink" color remains the same, and here are two Obatzda recipes.

One comes from a countryside Biergarten by Lake Starnberg, Bavaria's Five Lakes area 27 kms, 17 miles, outside its capital Munich, and the second from a beer garden beside the Isar River that flows through the city.

Usually really ripe cheeses are used, which means the cheese ball mixture can be quite strong smelling as well as highly flavored, however less ripe cheese can be used if preferred. And although not the authentic way it is also possible to mix the ingredients with a mixer until they are a fine blend rather than a chunky one.


OBATZDA RECIPE I

Ingredients for 8 small portions

100 gr ripe Romadur, which is similar to a Limburger but less pungent
100 gr ripe Camembert type soft cheese
100 gr Softened Butter
Salt and Black Pepper
Red Paprika spice, sweet, hot or both
2 tsp Cumin seeds, or more to taste
2 small Red Onions or 6 Spring Onions, Scallions, with green, chopped very finely
Cream

Method:

Mix together Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Cumin and chopped Onions
Mash the cheese with a fork and add cream until it is the consistency you prefer.
Add onion and spice mix and combine thoroughly.
The paprika will not only season the mix but also color it pink, while the onions will add a crunch.

Leave for a few hours, overnight is good, to allow the flavors to blend.



OBATZDA RECIPE II

Ingredients for 10 small portions:

300 gr ripe Camembert type soft cheese
200 gr ripe Romadur, similar to Limburger but not as pungent
250 g Philadelphia or similar cheese
2 red onions chopped very finely (white or yellow if no red are available)
80 g softened Butter
Salt, Black Pepper
3 - 4 tsp Cumin seeds to taste
Red Paprika sweet, hot or both
Beer

Method:

Combine ingredients with a fork, then add enough beer to make a thick cream consistency while pressing the mixture as you work, this forces some of the juices from the onions as well as making sure it is completely blended and tinted pink.

It can be left chunky or if preferred made relatively smooth.

Decorate with chives or thinly sliced red onion.

Leave for a few hours, overnight is good, to allow the flavors to blend.


Serve with some good farmer's type bread, pretzels, radishes, salad or use as a type of dip with veggie sticks etc. And in Germany, whether sitting at home, picnicking in the countryside or in a shaded beer garden, it would be more than likely that the Obatzda would be partnered with a cold beer.


PROSIT and ENJOY!



Bavarian Obatzda/Obatzter, photographer Rainer Z, de.Wikipedia


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