Delicious Havarti Cheese Appetizer Recipe

So, it seems lately I’m posting recipes in response to tweets. My friend and fellow blogger, Brigid,  twittered that she was stunned she had just now discovered Havarti cheese.

That tweet reminded me of this awesome recipe passed to me by my friend, Pam Ferriss. I told Brigid that I’d post a Havarti recipe that would make her cry it was so good.

Get out your tissues and let out your belt a notch. This is gooooood!

(Please note that I’m writing out the original recipe in its entirety as it was given to me. I usually, however, make the easier, quicker version* as noted below.)

Herbed Havarti en Croute
(Heart & Soul)
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1 t. Dijon-style mustard
12 ounces Havarti cheese
2 t. finely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans, optional)
1 t. snipped parsley or 1/4 t. dried parsley flakes
1 t. grated orange peel
1 t. snipped fresh dille or 1/4 t. dried dillweed
1 t. snipped fresh basil or 1/4 t. dried basil, crushed
1/2 t. snipped fresh chives
1/4 t. fennel seed
Several dashes ground red pepper
1 beaten egg

Let folded pastry stand at room temperature for 20 minutes to thaw. Spread mustard over top of cheese. Sprinkle with nuts, parsley, orange peel, dill, basil, chives, fennel seed, and red pepper. Unfold pastry and center over cheese. Invert cheese and fold two sides over cheese, overlapping edges. Seal seam with water. Trim any excess pastry from ends and fold up. Seal seams with water.

Place seam-side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. (Optional: Use trimmed pastry to cut out shapes of leaves or fruit.  Brush bottom of cutouts with water and place on top of pastry-wrapped cheese.) Brush entire pastry with egg. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake about 20 minutes or until pastry is nicely browned. Cover with foil if it browns too quickly. Serve warm with the fruit. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

*Quicker variation
1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls
8 oz. Havarti cheese
1 beaten egg

Unroll 8 crescent rolls and form 2 (using 4 rolls each) squares, mashing the perforations together.  Place cheese on 1 square of pastry and place other pastry square over top of cheese. Seal edges of pastry (use a little water if necessary). Brush egg wash over pastry. Place pastry on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, until browned. Cover with foil if browning too quickly. Serves 6 to 8.

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