Baked Havarti with Dill

By Ann Fulton

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I have a stash of stained and tattered time-tested recipes to which I often return when I need something quick, foolproof, and guaranteed to please.  Because these recipes can often get lost in the back of the recipe box–or in the archives of a blog, as it were–I occasionally like to remake an old favorite at a time when it may be as helpful to you as it is to me.

As a general rule, recipes that allow for advance preparation and minimal time in the kitchen are what I seek out when entertaining. If you are in need of a simple yet special appetizer for New Years Eve or you wouldn’t mind another crowd-pleaser to serve while watching the big game, the following recipe for a crusty-yet-gooey baked Havarti is one to add to your box of favorites.  (Or, perhaps, your Pinterest board!)

A hint of Dijon paired with this variety of cheese, simply wrapped and baked, produces a delightful alternative to a simple cheese tray. Add a bowl of mixed nuts and a veggie tray if you want to bolster the offerings and achieve a well-balanced spread.

I have assembled this recipe up to five or six hours in advance and then pop in the oven just before company arrives. (Simply rest on the counter for 20-30 minutes before baking to take off the chill.) A pleasant aroma will welcome your guests and, chances are, they will be requesting your recipe!

Baked Havarti with Dill
Yield: 8 servings
Although I serve with crackers and apple slices for pretty presentation and complimentary flavor, the end pieces are encased in extra dough and are my favorite; no cracker needed.
  • 1 (8-ounce) package Original Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 block Havarti cheese with dill (aim for a block in the 7- to 9-ounce range)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, poppy seeds or a combination
  • Crackers and optional apple slices, for serving
  1. On a piece of parchment or wax paper, unroll the crescent rolls and press the seams together to form a rectangular piece. This will be wrapped completely around the piece of the cheese. I think it is easiest to pull apart the rolls, put them back together so they are slightly overlapping, and then press together so the edges are well sealed.
  2. Spread the Dijon over the dough, and then sprinkle with the basil.
  3. Place the Havarti in the middle of the dough. Bring the dough up and around the cheese, pressing along the edges to seal. The parchment or wax paper will help you lift it without over-stretching. Tip: I often have excess along two of the edges, so I slice this off, twirl the two strips of dough and lay them crisscross along the top for an easy, decorative touch. (See photo.)
  4. Place on an ovenproof serving dish. No need to grease. Prep ahead tip: at this point, you may cover and refrigerate for several hours. Set on counter for 20-30 minutes before baking.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350℉. While oven is heating, brush the beaten egg all over the dough, and then sprinkle with the sesame and/or poppy seeds.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until golden brown. As all ovens vary, check a few minutes early. When the top is nicely golden, remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving with crackers and optional apple slices.
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For another delicious appetizer that doubles as a make-ahead side dish, you may enjoy Baked Cheddar Spinach Squares.



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  1. Patti

    This sounds delicious and I will definitely make it. We love the dill flavor, has anyone made this replacing the basil for more dill to amp up that taste?

    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Patti, In all the years I’ve made this, I am now wondering why I haven’t tried with fresh dill in place of the basil! We enjoy that flavor as well, and I think it would enhance the milder dill flavor offered by the havarti. Perhaps someone else will see this and comment, but if you try in the meantime, please report back. And thank you for the suggestion!

  2. Sarah Post author

    I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have made this recipe, always to rave reviews. It’s easy but a little showy and has a wonderful aroma. I always serve it with crackers but you don’t even need them. It’s delicious as is. Thought it was past time I let you know. Thank you for another terrific recipe!

  3. Paula

    I make this with plain havarti. I serve it with warmed raspberry jam mixed with water to make a sauce. A crowd pleaser!

    1. Ann

      Hi Lena,
      I have made with blocks of different proportions, and any will do as long as you completely encapsulate the cheese in the dough. That size sounds perfectly workable. Any extra dough can be sliced off and twisted across the top, if you wish. The parts with the extra dough are always my favorite: )

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  6. Terra

    I love that you used cresent rolls instead of puff pastry! This cheese loving girl is loving this cheesy happy dish! Perfect treat for the Super Bowl:-) Hugs, Terra

    1. Ann

      Thank you, Terra! This recipe is always a hit and it is so easy to prepare. The Dijon and basil add an extra special flavor paired with the Havarti, too. Thanks for the comment!