A plate of obatzda, garnished with white and green onion
Place of originGermany
Region or stateBavaria
Main ingredientsAged soft cheese (usually Camembert), butter, paprika powder,
Ingredients generally usedsalt, pepper, beer
Obatzda in a Paulaner pub

Obatzda [ˈoːbatsdɐ] (also spelt Obazda and Obatzter)[citation needed] is a Bavarian cheese spread. It is prepared by mixing two thirds aged soft cheese, usually Camembert (Romadur or similar cheeses may be used as well) and one third butter.

Sweet or hot paprika powder, salt and pepper are the traditional seasonings, as well as a small amount of beer.[1] An optional amount of onions, garlic, horseradish, cloves and ground or roasted caraway seeds may be used and some cream or cream cheese as well.[1] The cheeses and spices are mixed together into a more or less smooth mass according to taste. It is usually eaten spread on bread or pretzels. Obatzda is a classic example of Bavarian biergarten food.[2]

A similar Austrian/Hungarian/Slovak recipe is called Liptauer which uses fresh curd cheese as a substitute for the soft cheeses and the butter, but uses about the same spice mix.[3]

In 2015, within the EU, obatzda was granted PGI certification.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Obatzda-Rezept". Portal München Betriebs-GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  2. ^ Mayer, Carolin (14 June 2011). "Obazda". Bayerisches Fernsehen. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  3. ^ Marchetti, Domenica (24 November 2009). "Say Cheese: Liptauer". The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  4. ^ EU PGI Certification information (Accessed Nov/2015).