2 Ways to Try Havarti Cheese for the First Time

1 Jan

havarti sandwichHavarti is a semi-soft table cheese with Danish origins. Made from cow’s milk, it’s incredibly versatile because it can be sliced for sandwiches, cooked on the grill, or melted in a sauce.

Havarti, like most varieties of cheeses, is made through a curdling process. These curds are first forced into the molds, then drained. Next, the cheese is properly aged and then washed, helping give it the refined flavor popular with so many.

Havarti is ripened on the interior and has no rinds. The cheese can be yellow or a creamy color and it has small uneven holes in it, known sometimes as “eyes.”

This particular cheese has a sharp taste to it in some varieties and has a buttery smell to it, similar to Swiss. The taste is very delicate and buttery, too, and also somewhat acidic and can be sweet. To get a slight hazelnut flavor, the cheese is aged for about 3 months. Havarti goes well with so many recipes like paninis, sandwiches and cheese platters as it becomes very soft when left out at room temperature.

Flavored variants of creamy havarti are also available, such as sour cream & chives, red pepper and jalapeño havarti, cranberry, caraway, dill, coconut and basil.

Here are some awesome recipes to discover your taste for Havarti. Remember, with so many different variations, it’s a great idea to try to mix and match and decide which is your favorite! But with so many distinct and tasty choices, you may like all of them!

Simple and Divine Havarti Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese with a whole new flavor! Perfect for hardcore blue cheese fans. For everyone else, you can sub some of the blue cheese with more of the mild cheddar! This recipe calls for:

  • 3 Cups of pasta noodles
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 milk
  • 6oz mild cheddar, shredded
  • 4oz Dofino Creamy Havarti, shredded
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cook pasta to desired consistency on the stove top. Prepare a 2qt baking dish and butter or spray the pan. 2. Add melted butter, flour, milk, pepper and salt. Cook and stir until thickened ( normally 3 to 4 minutes). Add more cheese, continue heating until full melted.
3. Drain pasta and place in the baking dish. Pour cheese over the pasta, stirring mildly. Make sure to distribute the cheese throughout the pan evenly.
4. Melt more butter (2 tbsp.) and mix with the breadcrumbs. Spread the breadcrumb mixture over pasta and then bake for 18 to 20 minutes. When finished, let cool and serve!

Steamed Asparagus with Havarti and Mushrooms
This quick and simple dish makes for a great snack in the afternoon or a great appetizer for dinner! It’s easy and fast to make, and the taste is amazing!

  • 1/2 cup Danish Havarti cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 lb asparagus
  • 1/2 lb fresh mushrooms

1. Fill the steamer or pot with water and bring to a boil.
2. Prepare the mushrooms and asparagus. Then, place into steaming device and steam until tender or your desired texture.
3. Remove from steamer to a plate and immediately sprinkle Havarti cheese over the top. Salt also brings out a great flavor with the cheese, use at your discretion!

For more great recipes, and to browse the fine selection of havarti in a variety of flavors, visit DofinoUSA.com.

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