Vern's Obatzda-Style Cheese


My version of an Obatzda cheese that is served with soft pretzels and washed down with good beer. I serve this at my annual Oktoberfest Party. Not a traditional obatzda, but a really tasty one!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
6 cups


  • 1 head garlic

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 16 ounces Camembert cheese, rind removed and cheese cut into pieces

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese

  • 1 (5 ounce) package grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3 ounces shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup German-style beer

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ½ cup minced onion

  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds

  • ½ teaspoon paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Bring all the refrigerated ingredients to room temperature.

  2. Slice the top off the garlic, exposing the cloves. Place in a square of aluminum foil and drizzle olive oil over garlic. Wrap foil around garlic.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven until garlic is tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool roasted garlic completely.

  4. Combine Camembert cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, beer, and butter in a food processor; process until smooth. Add roasted garlic cloves, onion, caraway seeds, and paprika; process until smooth. The mixture may be a little on the "soupy" side but will firm up upon refrigeration; transfer to an air-tight container and refrigerate until flavors blend, at least 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

95 Calories
8g Fat
1g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 43mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love