Hand Cheese Marinated with Onions

Handkäse mit Musik
Hand cheese is a traditional cheese, shaped by hand, with sharp flavor and strong smell. You can find imported hand cheese – also sold as Harzer cheese – from Germany at specialty food stores. If hand cheese is unavailable, you may substitute Limburger cheese, an equally aromatic cheese widely available in many areas.
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Lower Saxony
Keyword Cheese, Frankfurt, Hand Cheese, Handkaese
Region Lower Saxony


  • 2 hand cheeses very ripe, 7 ounces each
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion peeled and thinly sliced


  • Cut the cheese into 1/2-inch slices and put them in a shallow serving dish.
  • Whisk the oil, vinegar, caraway, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Spread the onion on the cheese and pour the marinade over it. Marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Serve with thick slices of fresh wholesome bread and butter.
Recipe courtesy of Nadia Hassani, Spoonfuls of Germany