Havarti was created in the 1800’s on a Danish farm from which it took its name. Havarti has a light yellow paste and no rind. The Havarti has a mild and butter like flavor when it is young, but as this cheese ages, it becomes saltier and begins to take on the flavor of hazelnuts.
Havarti melts well and softens just from being left in room temperature. It’s a wonderful cheese to be used in pressed sandwiches in creamy soups and sauces. As a simple appetizer, try using cubes of havarti as a stuffing for small rolls or pits of puff pastry dough. It’s almost fondue like texture will be a delight to bite into. On its own, or as part of a cheese platter, havarti pairs well with figs, pears and walnuts. If you are looking for a wine pairing, opt for a lighter wine of either color, something without a strong oak taste.
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