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Herbed Havarti in Pastry

At holiday cocktail parties, I love surprising guests with this impressive Havarti baked inside puff pastry. The wrapped cheese is pleasantly seasoned with herbs and served alongside crackers and fresh fruit.—Darci Truax, Coupeville, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 blocks (8 ounces each) dill Havarti cheese
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Coarse salt, optional
  • Assorted crackers and fresh fruit

Directions

  • In a shallow bowl, combine the parsley, thyme, rosemary and oregano. Spread mustard over cheese blocks; roll in herbs to coat.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry to about 13 in. long (or long enough to fit cheese blocks end to end). Place cheese on pastry and fold pastry around cheese; trim excess dough. Pinch edges to seal. Place seam side down on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Brush pastry with egg. With floured cutters, cut decorative shapes from dough scraps if desired; arrange over the top and brush with egg. Sprinkle with salt if desired. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm with crackers and fruit.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 188 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 261mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.
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