Havarti is a milder version of German tilsit that was first made popular in Denmark. Many cheesemakers in Wisconsin produce a product similar to its Danish cousin. The Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a special Wisconsin-style havarti® that is firmer in texture and more buttery in flavor than other types and is available plain and flavored.


Pale yellow, tiny mechanical holes


Smooth, supple


Buttery, creamy, slightly acidic

Serving Suggestions

Plain and pesto havarti add appealing flavor to both hot and cold sandwiches, especially turkey. Try caraway havarti on roast beef. This cheese is so rich and creamy, it is great for melting. To prepare baked havarti, wrap an 8-ounce piece in puff pastry, brush on egg wash and bake at 425º F until golden brown. Serve hot with fresh fruit such as apples or pears for a party appetizer. Havarti, plain or dill, makes a flavorful fondue. Simply melt shreds or slices under the broiler and serve with bread sticks or cubes for dipping.

Goes Well With

Plums, grapes, almonds, poultry, seafood Fruity wines like Riesling or Beaujolais Nouveau


Wisconsin cheesemakers produce havarti flavored with ingredients such as caraway, dill, jalapeño, pesto or hot peppers. Lowfat varieties are also available. Wisconsin havarti comes in 9-pound loaves or 8- to 10-ounce random-weight pieces.

Performance Note

Firm, well-chilled loaves are best for slicing. Spray your slicer with nonstick vegetable spray and place deli paper between each slice.

  Cold Surface Broil Oven (in recipe) Oven (surface) Direct Heat (in suspension)