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When I first tasted Castello Caraway Havarti it immediately transported me back to my first (and only) semester of culinary school. You see, I have this habit of getting into “kicks” with different foods. I’ll get obsessed with one food and eat it non-stop until I can barely even look at it.
At that particular time in my life I was completely enamored with this certain version of a grilled cheese. Every day I’d come home around lunchtime and make what I still consider to be the best grilled cheese sandwich ever: Marble rye bread, a thin schmear of Dijon, and lots of gooey melted cheese – either muenster, mild fontina, havarti or a combination of the three. I ate that sandwich every. single. day. for almost three months straight. It’s just one of those perfect comfort foods.
It’s the caraway combined with the buttery Havarti that reminds me so much of that grilled cheese. Floral, anise-y and slightly sweet, caraway is best known for being those fragrant little seeds nestled within in rye bread. This cheese tastes just like that sandwich, and it fills me with pure joy and nostalgia: two of the best emotions out there.
So when developing this recipe, I took a cue from that grilled cheese and opted to put a thin layer of Dijon mustard on the crust before adding the other ingredients. Why? Mustard has a magical way of making cheese taste cheesier; there’s just something about that spicy tang. When used sparingly, rather than tasting like mustard it just makes the Havarti taste more pronounced.
Rich, flaky pastry surrounds a bed of melty, aromatic Castello Caraway Havarti, then gets topped with sweet pears and a touch of honey. A sprinkling of fresh thyme and crunchy sea salt adds the perfect savory contrast to round it all out.
This rustic tart makes for a lovely appetizer and would wow at any potluck, but I love serving it with a simple green salad as an easy light lunch. It would also make an incredible addition to a post-dinner cheese course or served at an elegant afternoon tea.
Creamy havarti with fragrant caraway, pears and pastry are a match made in culinary heaven. A little bit sweet, a little bit savory and a whole lot delicious.Print
Get creative with any of Castello’s uniquely crafted cheeses. Click here for a $1 off coupon to create your own gourmet masterpiece.