10/10/2012 12:34 EDT | Updated 12/10/2012 05:12 EST

Obatzda a Bavarian beer-garden spread to serve at Oktoberfest party

Obatzda is a Bavarian beer-garden snack featuring a combination of cheese made into a smooth spread using a food processor. Serve at an Oktoberfest party with fresh vegetables, such as slivered red onion, crisp radishes and broccoli florets or pretzel sticks.

Bavarian Cheese Spread

Half 250-g container light deli-style cream cheese (15 per cent M.F.), room temperature

125 g (4 oz) semi-soft or creamy cheese such as Oka-style “washed-rind” or brie-type style, rinds removed (about 250 ml/1 cup), room temperature

125 g (4 oz) old white cheddar, grated (about 250 ml/1 cup), room temperature

2 shallots or 1 small onion, finely diced

5 ml (1 tsp) hot or sweet smoked paprika

5 ml (1 tsp) caraway seeds

Pepper, to taste

In a food processor fitted with blade attachment, combine cream cheese, semi-soft cheese, cheddar cheese, shallots, paprika, caraway seeds and pepper; blend and pulse for 2 to 3 minutes or until completely smooth, scraping down bowl occasionally.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (and up to 2 days) for flavours to blend.

Makes 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) or 8 to 10 servings.

Nutrition information per serving (when recipe serves 10): 77 calories; 4 g protein; 6 g fat; 1 g carbohydrate.

Source: Foodland Ontario.