This post is part of “The Art of Cheese”, a partnership between Honest Cooking and Castello Cheese.
Sweet and spicy chutney spread crisps with aromatic ingredients like star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon, to compliment to the rich and creamy Aged Havarti cheese.
By Mansi Desai
It’s that time of the year when almost everyone is busy planning parties and gatherings, and food definitely takes a center stage on all of these occasions. From appetizers to dessert, everything deserves some elaborate planning. But I often think, entertaining shouldn’t be such a hassle. I mean, I love preparing elaborate meals for my family and friends, but sometimes I just want to spend good times and not spend too much time in the kitchen cooking. That’s when I turn to simple recipes that appease your appetite, and still leave you relaxed enough to enjoy the occasion!
Last week, I received an Aged Havarti cheese from Castello, and I was looking for an opportune moment to put them to good use. The cheese was a classic variety, aged for 12 months to create a crystalline texture, and with rich notes and taste of butter and caramel, it was so good we kept snacking on it, including the kids! Seriously, if you try it once you’ll know what I mean – with that rich buttery taste, its hard to resist going for seconds or thirds!
Anyway, coming back to the recipe, I wanted to keep it simple, so I decided to pair the cheese with just two fruits – Cranberries and Apples. I made a sweet & spicy chutney to spread over thin wheat crisps. With aromatic ingredients like star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon, this chutney was a perfect compliment to the rich and creamy cheese. You can use any kind of crackers that you like, even sourdough bread would be good. But I think thin wheat crisps are a better choice as they highlight the flavor of the chutney and the cheese, which is the star of the recipe.
- 1 small apple, cored and cubed
- ½ cup fresh cranberries, washed and chopped
- 1 tbsp sugar (add more if you like it sweet)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
- 1 small star anise (optional, but recommended)
- 8-10 wheat thins
- ½ cup of crumbled aged Havarti cheese
- Mix the first 6 ingredients together in a pan. Sprinkle about 2 tbsp water and cover with a lid.
- Let it cook through until it is soft and mushy.
- After removing from the pan, you may run it through a blender if you like, but just mashing with a spoon would be good enough.
- Crumble the cheese with your hands.
- Spread a generous layer of cran-apple chutney on a slice of toast or wheat thins and top it with plenty of crumbled cheese.
A part-time recipe developer and food blogger, Mansi loves to experiment with vegetarian food, taking each recipe and giving it a fusion gourmet mark, a glimpse of which you can see on her blog called Fun and Food Cafe. As a mom of a toddler, she also looks for ways to keep her food healthy and flavorful, so even kids can enjoy it.