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(Appetizer Platter)

This is a platter served on a wood board or slab traditionally you might see at an Oktoberfest tent menu to have with your Mass (liter of beer). Different radish, Obatzda, (cheese dip), Schnittlauchbrot (chive bread) Griebenschmalz ( pork spread with apple and onion) and pretzels.

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The Brotzeit (breads appetizers)

4 slices Rye bread, or another good bread ( good wheat or pumpernickel)

Topping for Schnittlauchbrot
1/2 stick butter and or
1 cup cottage cheese
salt, pepper, garlic salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives

Traditional Recipe

My Americanized recipe:
4 slices bacon
1 tart apple
1/2 cup onion
1 stick butter
1 tablespoon Marjoram (oregano or thyme)

Cheese Dip:
Simple Cheese Dip or Obatzda Cheese Dip

1 bunch red radishes ( Radieschen)
1 piece of long white Radish or Daikon Radish (Bier Rettisch or Radi)

2 cups crispy Pretzles


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Schnittlauchbrot: traditionally they use butter to spread on the bread
but I also like to make a less calorie version by using a low or no-fat cottage cheese. Here I drain the cottage cheese for 20 min then mash it or blend it in a food processor till it is just a slightly chunky texture.
Add a couple dashes of salt or garlic salt and pepper if desired.

Slice thin the chives

Spread either butter or the cottage cheese spread on the bread and top generously with chives.

For the American style Griebenschmalz fry the bacon till rendered . Add half the butter and continue to cook till bacon is very crisp.

While the bacon is cooking chop the peeled apple, onion and chop the marjoram.

Remove the bacon chunks and add the apples, onion and marjoram and cook till browned and caramelized but watch out you don't burn them.

Pour into a container Add the bacon bits and chill in fridge or freezer. Freezer takes about 15 minutes to start to solidify. This is best done ahead of time.

When ready to build your platter, blend in the other half stick of butter with the room temperature Greibenschmalz to make a creamier texture. Spread onto the bread and cut into small squares or rectangles.


You can make my American style Simple Cheese Dip here.

or make a classic Obatzda here

Cut a piece of white Daikon radish going only 3/4 of the way down and then flip over and do the same. Stretch apart the radish and lightly salt.


Here is a video on how to slice the radish accord ian style

I like using a spiralizer to make the radish curls

Finished Platter

Secure the radish with a long pick, on wood cutting board or plank position the red radishes, put a scoop of the cheese dip or Obatzda in the center, cut bread squares of schnittlauchbrot (chive bread) and Griebenschmalzbrot (Schmalz spread bread) Garnish with crispy pretzels and parsley.



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