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The Art of Cheese — Aged Havarti Crostini with Cider Caramelized Onions

The Art of Cheese — Aged Havarti Crostini with Cider Caramelized Onions

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This post is part of “The Art of Cheese”, a partnership between Honest Cooking and Castello Cheese.
A toasted baguette cradles creamy Aged Havarti with a delightful contrast of sweet apple cider caramelized onions and a kiss of thyme. This simple appetizer with lots of flavor is perfect for any night of the year, especially the holidays.
By Meredith Steele

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The holidays are here, and for us that means constant entertaining. Having an array of supplies to throw together for appetizers this time of year is a must and I find cheese is always a good option to stockpile. From cheddar to triple creams, cheese is a bite most people adore.

This year, I was delighted to add Castello’s Aged Havarti to our rotation. Castello Aged Havarti combines the rich buttery aroma and taste of a creamy havarti with a slightly crunchy texture. It’s this texture that makes this particular cheese so inviting. At first bite, this mild cheese bursts with a fabulous flavor and then grabs you with it’s smooth texture with bits of salty crunch — just like a well aged cheese should.

Because I want to keep this wonderful texture, I’ve decided not to cook with it but to incorporate it in a recipe to highlight this Havarti’s natural fabulousness. A golden toasted baguette cradles delicious creamy Havarti with a delightful contrast of sweet apple cider caramelized onions with a kiss of thyme. This simple appetizer with lots of flavor is perfect for any night of the year, especially the holidays.

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SONYA VEGA-AUVRAY

Wine pairings
(whites) Champagne or Riesling (reds) Pinot noir or Rioja

Beer Pairings
Saison, Double IPA, Milk Stout

The Art of Cheese — Aged Havarti Crostini with Cider Caramelized Onions
 
A golden toasted baguette cradles delicious creamy Havarti with a delightful contrast of sweet apple cider caramelized onions with a kiss of thyme.
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Recipe Type: Appetizer
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch fresh ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces Castello Aged Havarti, thinly sliced
  • 1 baguete, sliced
Instructions
  1. In a sauté pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Once the butter just begins to brown, add onions. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the onions are golden brown; about 20 minutes. Add apple cider to deglaze the pan, stir. Add thyme and simmer until the cider has reduced completely, about 5 minutes. Season with salt.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until lightly golden, about 8 minutes.
  3. Arrange the crostinis by placing havarti on top of the toasted baguette slices. Top the cheese with a small spoonful of the caramelized onions. Garnish with a thyme leaf. Serve.

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