We know you’re wondering, what in the world is Obatzda? Well, get your taste buds ready as we explain.
Obatzda is a Bavarian cheese dip typically made by mixing butter, paprika, and brie cheese. Back in the day, cheese was very expensive in Bavaria and one had to get inventive when it came to making old cheese edible again.
The craze for this simple cheese mixture quickly grew popularity across Germany and became a favorite among the monks of Weihenstephan Abbey, a monastery in Munich, who would pair it with their favorite Weissbier (or as we like to call it, Hefe Weizen). Dating back almost 150 years, Obatzda is now considered a staple in many families of German heritage.
At our Haus, we serve Obatzda with our authentic Bavarian pretzels and pair it with a delicious Hefe Weizen – your mouth is watering, isn’t it?
Now that you know about Obatzda and the perfect beer to pair it with, come down and give it try for yourself!
Can’t make it to our Haus? No problem. Here’s a recipe to try at home:
- 1 small onion
- 1 lb mature brie cheese
- 2 tbsp soft butter
- 1 tbsp Hofbräu Dunkel beer
- 3 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- Salt & white pepper to taste
- Peel the onion and cut it in half. Chop one half finely. Cut the other half into fine half-moon shapes.
- With a fork soften the brie in a small bowl. Add butter, beer, and cream cheese — mix well.
- Add the chopped onion and season the mix with paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
- Cover the Obatzda and keep refrigerated for one hour.
- Serve with an oven-fresh pretzel or bread and a stein of Hefe Weizen!