Nakladany Hermelin Czech Marinated Camembert Cheese Recipe

Nakladany Hermelin is a famous Czech Marinated Cheese recipe popular in beer halls and brewpubs across Eastern Europe and Germany.

The popular Czech snack and appetizer features chunks of camembert cheese that marinate in a jar with oil, spices, herbs, garlic and onions.

We suggest serving traditional Nakladany Hermelin with sliced bread like rye or sourdough. Wash it all down with an ice cold glass of pilsner-style lager like Pilsner Urquell.

While the jar takes just minutes to put together you do need to let it sit in the fridge for at least 3 days to develop the desired flavour.

This easy vegetarian snack for cheese lovers features simple and affordable flavourings like spicy pepper, thyme, paprika, allspice, peppercorns, salt and bay leaf.

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What Is Nakladany Hermelin?

Nakládaný Hermelín is a traditional Czech marinated cheese. The dish is sometimes called pickled cheese, although it’s not actually pickled.

Originally produced in the mid-20th century by Czechoslovak cheesemakers looking to re-create camembert for the domestic market, hermelin is now a staple of Czech cuisine. The origins of its oil-marinated form are less certain, but the dish’s status as a pub favourite offers a few clues.

Darina Sieglová, a writer at the Czech food magazine Apetit, explains: “We believe — I don’t know if it’s scientifically based — that you need to eat something oily not to get drunk too easily, or too fast.”

Authentic recipes feature chunks of camembert cheese that are allowed to marinate in a jar with spices, herbs, garlic, onion and vegetable oil. The jars are then stored in a fridge until the cheese takes on a heavenly pungent flavour.

Many Czechs wait as much as a couple of weeks before unscrewing the jar, but you can begin to eat it after three to five days.

The marinated cheese ends up taking on a strong flavour and is the perfect addition to a festive cheese and charcuterie board.

Nakladany Hermelin is very popular in German beer halls and Eastern European pubs, often served as an appetizer or snack with a cold beer and slices of rye bread or sourdough baguette.

Traditional Nakladany Hermelin Czech Marinated Cheese recipe ingredients.
Traditional Nakladany Hermelin Czech Marinated Cheese recipe ingredients.

Travel to Czech Republic by Making Nakladany Hermelin at Home

I love traveling to Europe.

As a professional food and travel journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy amazing meals in Europe, from traditional markets to award winning restaurants.

During my first visit to the continent I traveled for 5 months by train and plane. I had the opportunity to eat my way through IrelandScotlandEnglandWalesPortugalSpainFranceBelgiumHollandDenmarkNorwaySwedenFinland,RussiaEstoniaLatviaPolandCzechGermanyAustriaCroatiaBosniaHungarySlovakiaGreeceTurkey and Italy.

I’ll never forget the first time I tasted Nakladany Hermelin. I was on a press trip hosted by the Czech beer brand Pilsner Urquell and joined by other food writers and a few famous chefs.

The 3 day trip had us visiting the Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Pilsen as well as the bustling city of Prague.

After spending our first day touring the ancient Pilsner Urquell production facility in Pilsen we dined at the brewery’s on site Restaurant Na Spilce.

The traditional brewpub offers a menu featuring classic Czech fare, all of which pairs perfectly with an ice cold glass of freshly tapped pilsner.

Several small bowls of Nakladany Hermelin arrived at the table. Our guide encouraged us to slather the marinated cheese over slices of bread. I immediately fell in love with the flavour bomb in my mouth!

Later on the trip I explored other unique Czech dishes at award winning restaurants like Kampa Park, Cafe Savoy, and La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise.

After you’ve enjoyed your first taste, you’ll realize why Nakladany Hermelin is a must-try when visiting the Czech Republic!

Nakladany Hermelin is a marinated cheese from Czech Republic featuring chunks of camembert.
Nakladany Hermelin is a marinated cheese from Czech Republic featuring chunks of camembert.

Where To Eat Czech Marinated Camembert Cheese

If you live in a large city in Canada or America you’ll likely have access to a local German or Eastern European restaurant that serves traditional Nakladany Hermelin.

Haven’t traveled to the Czech Republic before? It may be helpful to first sample Czech Marinated Camembert Cheese at a local restaurant to better understand how the appetizer snack is served. You’ll get an understanding for the ideal size to slice the camembert cheese, perfect blend of spices and flavourings and other complimentary dishes and drinks to serve at the table.

In Toronto, popular restaurants serving Eastern European dishes that may offer Czech Marinated Cheese include Country Style Hungarian, Wvrst, Otto’s Bierhalle, Little Bavaria, Cafe Polonez and Europe Bar and Restaurant.

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Store Nakladany Hermelin in a large mason jar or glass container in the fridge.
Store Nakladany Hermelin in a large mason jar or glass container in the fridge.

My Family Loves Nakladany Hermelin

After traveling to the Czech Republic I returned home keen to recreate some of my favourite dishes for friends and family.

I know my family would love Nakladany Hermelin because they are big fromage fans! My parents have an entire drawer in their fridge dedicated to cheeses. The last time I visited, during the Christmas holidays, I counted over 20 varieties!

I traveled with my parents to France one summer in university so knew they’d love this easy marinated cheese recipe featuring Normandy’s finest fromage!

We now like to make this Czech dish every summer at the cottage. After spending an entire day on the dock we like to serve a midday snack as we don’t often eat dinner until the sun sets after 9pm.

Nakladany Hermelin is the perfect snack to serve with a few bottles of cold pilsner lager. You can also serve a few chunks of marinated camembert in a small bowl as part of a larger cheese & charcuterie board platter.

Nakladany Hermelin is a Czech marinated cheese recipe flavoured with spices, garlic and onion.
Nakladany Hermelin is a Czech marinated cheese recipe flavoured with spices, garlic and onion.

Nakladany Hermelin Health Benefits

Our homemade Nakladany Hermelin recipe is packed full of wholesome ingredients!

Onions are a humble vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of leeks can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

It is only recently that scientists have begun to identify the components responsible for garlic’s myriad health benefits. Rich in phytochemicals and potassium, garlic helps boost your immune system, fight cancer and protect your heart.

Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.

Pepper has been proven to help reduce the duration of sickness, prevent heart disease, and promote weight loss. 

Rich in energy-boosting manganese and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals, thyme may help keep your blood and immune system healthy.

Paprika is rich in vitamin A, capsaicin, and carotenoid antioxidants. These substances may help prevent inflammation and improve your cholesterol, eye health and blood sugar levels.

Allspice is used for indigestion, intestinal gas, abdominal pain, heavy menstrual periods, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, colds, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

Serve Nakladany Hermelin in a bowl or ramekin as part of a cheese and charcuterie board.
Serve Nakladany Hermelin in a bowl or ramekin as part of a cheese and charcuterie board.

Czech Marinated Camembert Cheese Cooking Tips

This homemade Czech Marinated Cheese recipe is quick and easy to make at home. We’ve included a few cooking tips:

  • We suggest storing Czech Marinated Cheese in large mason jars.
  • We’ve used Camembert in this recipe but you can substitue for Brie if you prefer as they have a similar taste and texture.
  • We’ve used jalapeno pepper in this recipe to give the marinade a bit of spicy heat. You can substitue for serrano peppers or dried chilies if you prefer.
  • We’ve used Spanish cooking onions in this recipe but you can substitute for red onion, sweet Vidalia onions or shallots.
  • We’ve used canola oil in this recipe as it’s flavourless and takes on the flavour of the spices. You can substitute for olive oil if you prefer.
  • Once you have finished eating all of the marinated cheese do not throw out the oil! It is beautifully flavoured and can be used as a cooking oil to saute vegetables, marinate chicken breasts or in the morning to scramble eggs.
Nakladany Hermelin is richly flavoured with spices like bay leaf, chili, thyme, paprika, peppercorns and allspice.
Nakladany Hermelin is richly flavoured with spices like bay leaf, chili, thyme, paprika, peppercorns and allspice.

What To Serve with Czech Marinated Camembert Cheese

You can enjoy Nakladany Hermelin all on its own or simply as a snack with crackers and sliced bread like rye or sourdough.

It’s traditionally paired with an ice cold golden pilsner, like Pilsner Urquell, Krombacher or Peroni. It’s one of the most popular appetizers served at beer halls and brewpubs in Eastern Europe and Germany.

If you’re feeding a larger crowd we suggest serving Czech Marinated Cheese in a small bowl or ramekin as part of a larger cheese & charcuterie board. We like to add sliced apples, cocktail onions and gherkin pickles as they’re crunchy and contrast nicely with Nakladany Hermelin’s soft and creamy mouthfeel.

If you’re serving a German or Eastern European-themed dinner party you may like to serve Czech Marinated Camembert Cheese with some of these delicious dishes:

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Serve this traditional Czech Marinated Cheese recipe with crackers, crostini or sliced baguette.
Serve this traditional Czech Marinated Cheese recipe with crackers, crostini or sliced baguette.

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How To Make Nakladany Hermelin Czech Marinated Camembert Cheese

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Nakladany Hermelin Czech Marinated Cheese

How to make traditional Nakladany Hermelin. Our easy Czech Marinated Cheese recipe features camembert, spices, garlic, onion and oil.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Czech
Keyword: nakladany hermelin
Servings: 4
Calories: 658kcal

Equipment

  • French knife
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • Large Glass Jar

Ingredients

  • 200 g Camembert
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Allspice Berries
  • 1 tsp Whole Peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Spanish Onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 Garlic Clove sliced
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups Canola Oil enough to cover cheese completely

Instructions

  • Cut the cheese into 8 cubes. Mix the cheese in a bowl with the jalapeno, thyme, paprika, allspice, peppercorns and salt. Then add the onion, garlic, bay leaf, and mix together gently.
  • Transfer to a clean jar with a lid and pour in the oil. Cover all the ingredients and tighten the lid. Marinate in the fridge for 2 days. Serve with rye bread or baguette.

Nutrition

Calories: 658kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.2g | Protein: 10.8g | Fat: 67.1g | Saturated Fat: 11.7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1.7g | Calcium: 715mg | Iron: 1mg

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