This recipe comes from my dad and it’s not exactly a Czech camembert but a camembert that is prepared the Czech way. So what is it?
It is a camembert prepared with garlic and walnuts, soaked in olive oil until the cheese is ripe and melting. Depending on how firm the cheese is when you buy it, the preparation time might take between 3 to 7 days.
In Prague, you would eat this cheese while drinking your half liters of beer at the pub. Solid snack food for your stomach to make you last longer drinking, so to say.
Ingredients (serves 4-5 people):
1 camembert (can be a little soft on the surface already but should not be fully ripe)
1 onion glove, cut into thin slices
ca. 1/2 cup olive oil (the olive oil should cover the cheese)
1 jar/container, preferably glass, in the size of the cheese
1) Cut the cheese in half.
2) On the inside of on cheese half, press in the garlic cloves.
3) On the other inside of the cheese half, press in the walnuts.
4) Put the two halves together, cover the cheese with olive oil and place the cheese in the jar.
5) Cover with a lid and let stand in a dark, cool place (room temperature, not the fridge) for 2-3 days. This allows the cheese to ripen. The cheese will start to bloat up a little bit as it ripens. This is a good sign.
6) Serve the cheese with fresh baguette as a snack or starter.