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Friday, April 26, 2013

Obazda (German Camembert spread)

The Obazda (sometimes spelled Obatzda) is a traditional cheese spread from the German region of Bavaria. It is highly popular as a starter around here, available in casual biergartens and supermarkets all year round. 
It's delicious spread on crusty bread (especially pretzels, to stick with tradition) and keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days. 

Last year: Endives filled with cheese sauce and cherry tomatoes.
Two years ago: Zaansemosterdsoep (Dutch mustard soup), Mushroom, cheese and thyme crostini and  Pizza con pollo e mascarpone (Italian).

Ingredients (serves 4 as starter, 2 as lunch):
  • 150 g Camembert (preferably German)
  • 150 g cream cheese (like Philadelphia)
  • a thick slice of butter at room temperature
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2-3 tablespoons blonde beer or white wine
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika powder (Hungarian, preferably)
  • 1 tablespoon caraway
  • salt, pepper and chili powder to taste
  • 1-2 green onions or some chives (optional)

Get the Camembert and start crushing it with a fork.

Place it in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients to it.

Mix very well until creamy and even. Decorate with chopped green onions or an extra dusting of paprika. It's done, dig in! :)

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