Obatzda (Beer Cheese)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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8 ounces Camembert or Brie, at room temperature, chopped into large chunks

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup wheat beer

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup chopped fresh chives, plus more for topping

1 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus more for topping

1/2 teaspoon ground caraway seeds, optional

1 small yellow onion (or 1/2 large), chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the cheese, butter, beer, cream, chives, paprika, caraway if using, onion and some salt and pepper in a food processor and blend to combine until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed. Top with additional paprika and chives.