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Bavarian Cheese Dip

This is my interpretation of a famous cheese dip in Bavaria called Obatzda.
It celebrates our thrifty and inventive German heritage. This is a perfect use for leftover cheese ends that often end up in the garbage.

Here is a simple cheese dip version great for the USA where cheddar and cream cheese are easily avaiable and inexpensive. This is very popular also

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8 ounces Soft CheeseYou will need a round of camembert or brie or you can also use cream cheese.

8 ounces different cheeses.

I used swiss (Ementhaller) Gouda, parmesan,
goat cheese, any cheese here will work. it is nice to
have some stronger flavored cheeses to give a nice flavor contrast to the soft cheese.

1 cup finely chopped green onions or chives.
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 / 2 cup chopped dill pickles
1 teaspoon horseradish
a few drops pepper sauce like Tabasco
1 / 2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 / 2 teaspoon pepper
Caraway seed
2-3 tablespoons of German beer

For display
1 / 2 cup chopped almonds
1 /4 cup chopped parsley
4 radishes
small pretzels





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I started out with some leftover cheeses that were sitting waiting in the icebox but didn't look all that appetizing.

To the mix you always use a soft cheese. I used camembert here but you can use brie, or even cream cheese. You can even use softened butter if you like.

The Swiss used hard cheese scraps to make a Fondue.

You can mash them in a bowl or put them in an electric mixer.



I assemble the ingredients here.

I like to pan roast the caraway a little first. It brings out the flavor.
Careful, and do it on medium heat.

Then I mix the paprika, salt and pepper and caraway. You can of course omit the salt if you want.

Chop the chives and garlic.

Here I whipped all ingredients in an electric mixer. You can do it by hand with a fork as well.

I put it in a glass dish to chill and get firm.

Here is a close up of the consistency. I added beer to get it nice and creamy.


The Presentation

If using whole almonds chop them coarsely.

Toast them lightly in a skillet. Be careful and use medium heat. I like to heat the pan, add the almonds then turn the pan off. The heated pan is enough usually to toast them slightly.

Chop the parsley.

Here I have the chilled cheese, almonds, sliced radish and parsley.

First roll the cheese ball in the almonds

Next roll the cheese ball in the parsley.

Place the cheese ball on your serving platter and surround with the radish slices.
Crown the cheese ball with a pretzel. This is one idea you can build on the pretzel theme
as it is a good luck symbol in German.


Simple Cheese Dip
(similar in look to Obatzda)

This dip is especially nice for folks in the United states because the ingredients are so easy to find.

8 oz softened cream cheese
1lb. grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1/2 - 1 tblsp. chopped jalapeno.

1 cup chopped walnuts, almonds, or pecans.
1/4 cup chopped parsley







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1.Measure out your ingredients,
Soften cream cheese in microwave or over a double boiler.

2. Put in a large mixing bowl and add the mayonnaise cream cheese, cheddar
chopped peppers, and green onions.

Blend well till smooth.

Add more jalapeno or some of the canned juice if desired.

Form into any shape desired and or fill container mounding the top.
Top with chopped nuts and parsley if desired.



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