Cheese Profile: Rich & Creamy Havarti

Havarti is a rich, creamy cheese with a buttery flavor. This semisoft cow’s milk cheese has origins in Denmark during the latter half of the 19th century and is attributed to Hanne Nielsen, a Danish cheesemaker who owned a farm named Havarthigaard. Havarti is cream to yellow in color and has very small openings or eyes throughout the cheese. There are several flavored varieties of Havarti, with dill being a perennial favorite.

Havarti is a great companion for sliced apples or pears, and delightful with a salty cracker. Beyond a cheese plate, Havarti has a variety of culinary uses, ranging from grilled cheese sandwiches and rich pasta dishes to a refreshing salad. Peruse the list of recipes below and you are sure to find a way to fall in love with Havarti:

Dill Havarti Mashed Cauliflower
Havarti Spinach Mac and Cheese
Spaghetti in Creamy Havarti Sauce
Havarti Cheese Puff
Pesto, Artichoke, and Havarti Grilled Cheese
Spicy Smashed Avocado & Asparagus with Dill Havarti Grilled Cheese
Couscous and Mandarin Orange Salad with Havarti Cheese
Spinach, Roasted Pepper, and Havarti Quiche
Bitter Greens Pizza with Shallots and Havarti Cheese

Looking for more ways to serve Havarti? Check out page six in the current Co+op Deals flyer for even more delicious ideas. And then find the ingredients for your new recipe at the co-op! Your co-op has Creamy Havarti and Dill Havarti from Willamette Valley Cheese Co. on the lower shelf in our cheese cooler. Willamette Valley Cheese Co. Havarti is one of the best and has earned top honors from the American Cheese Society on more than one occasion to prove it. Happy Havarti-ing!