I know it’s only August, but I’ve got Oktoberfest on the brain, probably because I just went to the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas which was funny, trippy and one of the many oddities that are alive and well in sin city. I was absolutely ecstatic when I saw OBATZDA on the menu! It is a delicious cheese spread that they serve in Germany, particularly during Oktoberfest.
I lived in Munich or nine months and was lucky enough to experience the real Oktoberfest, and let me tell you, it’s a party! I was amazed at how well-behaved people were, despite being drunk and giddy. I got really confused when I saw the roller coaster and other rides. Heavy drinking and rides that jostle you about sounded like a dreadful combination but the Germans seem to make it work.
This spread is highly addictive and I was very happy to eat it whenever I was at a biergarten.
So, I made it the other day just for the hell of it and it was just as delicious as ever! Of course, it did not have the same charm as eating it while drinking real German beer in Germany with a real pretzel, but this was close enough.
Whole Foods bakes fresh pretzels every day and they are good.
Here’s the recipe. It takes 2 minutes to make!
You will need:
One small wheel of Camembert – Whole Foods has the 8.8 ounce size. Ask for the mature ones (aka extra stinky). Room temperature. Cut into small pieces.
2 ounces of butter, room temperature
1/2 large onion, minced
A little less than a 1/4 cup of German lager or any dark beer
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp horseradish
salt and pepper to taste
Put everything in the food processor and whir. Done!
(You can use an old-fashioned hand mixer too.
Cover and chill for about 30 minutes.
Serve with pretzels and fresh sliced radishes. DON’T forget the radishes. They are so good with it and it’s the traditional way to serve it!