Bavarian Cheese Spread

October 2007
Bavarian Cheese Spread

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Beer is the secret ingredient in Obazda, a classic Oktoberfest spread. Serve it with soft pretzels or dark rye bread.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 20 mins

  • 2 pounds brie cheese, trimmed of white rind and cut into cubes, at room temperature
  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces, at room temperature
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped, plus onion slices for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons sweet smoked paprika, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup German lager beer, such as Beck's
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a large bowl, using a rubber spatula, mash together the brie, blue cheese and butter. Stir in the chopped onion and paprika.
  2. Stir in the beer, a little at a time, until the cheese mixture is soft and slightly lumpy. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until firm but spreadable, about 1 hour.
  3. Scoop the chilled cheese spread with an ice cream scoop onto small plates, top with some of the sliced onions and dust with paprika.