Castello Havarti Cheese

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Castello Creamy Havarti - Coborn's May Cheese of the Month - www.cobornsblog.comIt’s getting warmer every day and when I’m thinking of a cheese to snack on or to top my favorite sandwich I reach for the Coborn’s May “Cheese of the Month”, Castello Havarti. This semi soft cheese has a buttery, creamy taste and a mellow aroma. It’s a versatile, gourmet cheese that’s easy to cook with and delicious as a snack.

Havarti originated in Denmark in the 1800’s and is named for Havartigaard, the dairy where it was invented. Castello master Danish cheese makers continue this proud tradition, and today Havarti is favored around the world by home cooks and professional chefs alike.

To give your favorite dishes a twist, try Castello Havarti Creamy:

  • As a Snack, sliced in sticks and drizzled with honey, preserves or chutney
  • On a Gourmet sandwich, such as a Panini, grilled cheese or slider
  • In Comfort Food, such as macaroni and cheese or French onion soup
  • On a Cheese Board, with subtly sweet and savory pairings
  • Pairs well with Pinot Noir, Pilsner or sparking apple cider

Or you can try this creamy, delicious recipe I have provided for you here.

Cauliflower Macaroni & Havarti Cheese

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Cauliflower Macaroni & Havarti Cheese
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Head Cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • To Taste Salt
  • To Taste Black Pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • ½ Cup Mascarpone
  • 1 Cup Castello® Creamy Havarti
  • To Taste Hot Sauce
  • ½ Cup Chives, finely chopped
  • ½ Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add salt to water.
  3. Place cauliflower florets to the water and cook until tender but still crisp, about 5 minutes.
  4. Drain well, pat dry and set aside.
  5. Preheat your broiler to high.
  6. While preheating oven, in a 2-quart sauce pan add the cream, salt, pepper and hot sauce to the pan and bring it to simmer on medium heat.
  7. Reduce the cream by ⅓, about 3 minutes.
  8. Whisk in Mascarpone and Havarti.
  9. Keep the sauce at a simmer, the sauce will be slightly thickened at this point.
  10. Add in cauliflower and chives, stirring well to coat the cauliflower.
  11. Pour into oven-proof dish and top with breadcrumbs in an even layer.
  12. Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
  13. Remove from the broiler and let set for 5 minutes before serving.
Notes
If you cannot find Mascarpone, cream cheese will work in a pinch.

 

So when you are trying to come up with a tasty cheese that will tantalize your taste buds, try our May “Cheese of the Month” Castello Havarti!

Kevin
Coborn’s, Inc. Director of Deli

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Weekly Ad Recipe – Lime Shrimp Bites

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Have you ever had a “go to recipe” when you are in a hurry or find out on the spur of the moment that guests are coming to visit? Well, this is my “go to recipe” and I love it. It couldn’t get any easier or quicker to do this refreshing appetizer. A splash of lime flavor, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, and oooh la la! This is a great spring recipe to serve for your Easter guests or those summertime backyard parties. Enjoy….I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Lime Shrimp Bites
Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ Cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp. Lime Zest
  • 1 T. Lime juice
  • ½ Lb. Cooked Shrimp, coarsely chopped (remove tail)
  • 24 Snack Crackers
  • ¼ Cup Tomatoes, chopped and seeded
  • 2 T. Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Mix first 4 ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in shrimp.
  3. Spoon on crackers; top with tomatoes and cilantro.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Seaglass Pinot Gris

 

Weekly Ad Recipe – Parmesan Chicken In Cream Sauce

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If you want a quick, easy recipe that is done in 30 minutes or less this is the recipe for you. This is definitely my husbands all-time favorite meal and also one of my favorites. Just a quick tip that I tried, instead of plain white rice I made Chicken Flavor Rice-a-Roni. We both loved it. It gave the recipe even more flavor and now that’s the only way we make this dish. The sauce really puts this meal over the top. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight. Enjoy….I will!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Parmesan Chicken In Cream Sauce
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Instant Rice, uncooked
  • 14.5 Oz. Chicken Broth, divided
  • 6 Snack Crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 T. Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 14-15 Oz. Boneless Skinless Pkg. Chicken Tenders
  • 2 tsp. Oil
  • ½ Cup Chive & Onion Cream Cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook rice as directed on package, using 1.25 cups of the broth and ½ cup water.
  2. Mix cracker crumbs and parmesan on plate.
  3. Rinse chicken with cold water and then dip chicken in crumb mixture, turning to coat both sides.
  4. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet on medium heat.
  5. Add chicken; cook 5-6 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  6. Transfer to plate; cover to keep warm.
  7. Add remaining broth and cream cheese to skillet; bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  8. Cook 3 minutes or until thickened and then spoon over chicken.
  9. Serve with rice.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Bread & Butter Chardonnay

 

Hearty Game Day Recipes

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Holly

I’m a Vikings watching, meat-and-potato eating, Minnesota girl. However, not to my surprise, the Vikings cease to make it to the Superbowl, or even the Playoffs yet again. Well, I still enjoy a good Superbowl party and great food. This year, I will be serving some hearty eats, including, but not limited to, loaded twice-baked potatoes, chili cheese dogs and a barbecue chicken spread. Here are my recipes, be sure to pin and save for later!

BBQ Chicken Spread Recipe - www.cobornsblog.com

How to make BBQ Chicken Spread - www.cobornsblog.comBarbecue Chicken Spread

First let’s start with the spread. Honestly, when I first read this recipe it didn’t sound the best, but trust me, it is delicious and you will not be able to stop at just one, or two, or three. I serve this dip with Ritz Bacon crackers, because… everything is better with bacon, right?

Barbecue Chicken Spread
 
Ingredients
  • 8 Oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 Oz. Sour Cream
  • 9 - 10 Oz. White Chunk Canned Chicken Breast, drained
  • 8 Oz. Finely Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Snack Crackers
  • Green Onions (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream and spread onto platter.
  2. Pour barbecue sauce over cream cheese mixture and evenly spread.
  3. Sprinkle chicken breast evenly on top of barbecue sauce.
  4. Top with shredded mozzarella and serve with snack crackers.
Notes
Chop green onions and add on top of the mozzarella. Get creative with this recipe and add your favorite ingredients, like green olives or tomatoes.

 

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Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog Recipe - www.cobornsblog.comI have to be honest with you, I had never eaten a Chili Cheese Dog before I decided to make them for my Superbowl party. As I made them for this blog, I was excited to give them a taste. Well, let me tell you, this will not be the last time I eat them. I honestly think the key is the kind of “dog” you use. I chose the Coborn’s Signature Smokehouse ground course wieners. To put it lightly… delicious! I made it easy with canned Hormel Chili, but you could certainly make a chili from scratch. I topped my chili with chopped onion and Food Club chipotle shredded cheese. The chipotle shredded cheese is my go to – whenever I make a taco dip or baked potatoes with cheese, I like to use the chipotle cheese just to add a little extra flavor. It’s not too spicy, but just adds a little something more. Of course, I used the Coborn’s Own Hot Dog buns. These buns are made fresh in our own bakery each day. They are fresh, fluffy and delish!

Chili Cheese Dogs
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • Coborn’s Signature Smokehouse Course Ground Wieners
  • Coborn’s Own Hot Dog Buns
  • 2 or 3 Cans Hormel Chili with Beans
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Bag Food Club Shredded Chipotle Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat wieners and chili on stove-top or in microwave to desired temperature.
  2. Chop onion.
  3. Fill hot dog bun with wiener and top with chili, onions and cheese.
Notes
You could serve these buffet-style by keeping the dogs and chili in warmers and creating a buffet of toppings such as onion, cheese, sour cream, etc.

 

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Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

Like I said, I am a meat-and-potatoes girl, so what better than topping your potato with meat? You could simply make baked potatoes and top with Hormel Chili, or you could take it a step further, like I did, and make a twice-baked potato by removing the filling, adding cheese and butter and baking again with chili and cheese. Serve with sour cream and your guests will love it!

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 6 Russet Potatoes
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Cans Hormel Chili with Beans
  • 2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • Sour Cream
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. Bake potatoes in 350° oven until soft, about one hour depending on size.
  2. Remove from oven and slice off a lid and set aside.
  3. Remove potato pulp from 4 potatoes and place in a bowl, keeping skins in tact.
  4. Remove potato pulp from 2 potatoes and reserve, keeping skins in tact.
  5. Add ½ cup cheese, butter and salt to 4 potato pulp mixture and mash.
  6. Season potato mixture with pepper to taste.
  7. Refill potato skins with potato mixture, pressing it into the bottom and against the sides, leaving a “bowl” to add the chili.
  8. Set filled potatoes back onto baking sheet and place lids skin side down on baking sheet as well.
  9. Fill potatoes with Hormel Chili with Beans and top with remaining cheese.
  10. Bake in oven until heated through and cheese is melted and browned, about 12 minutes.
  11. Remove potatoes from oven and transfer to a platter, top with a dollop of sour cream and place lid on top, if desired.
  12. Serve immediately.
Notes
Only use the pulp from 4 potatoes so that you have room to fill the skins with chili. Use the remaining pulp as you wish.

 

This year at your Superbowl party, forget about the popcorn and chips and fill those bellies with hearty, meaty and delicious food!

 

Party On,
Holly

 

Coborn’s, Inc. Social Media/Creative Specialist

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Trade Up for a Better After School Snack

Trade Up for a Better Back to School Snack! #NuVal www.cobornsblog.comHey All! As I’m sure you are fully aware it is back to school, whether you are ready or not! Last month I blogged about nutritious breakfast options to fuel you and your child’s body before beginning your long day! All meals are important, but breakfast seems to be one of the most challenging as it tends to be very rushed.  Parent’s aren’t usually responsible for lunches as it is offered at the schools and the school lunches are now more nutritious than ever and continue to head in that direction!  So, today I will be blogging about better for you snacks for kids after school.  It may be before a sport or as they arrive off the bus.  After school snacks can be very tricky as a lot of the front of package labeling can be very misleading.

I remember as I was getting off the bus from school, I was starving! I couldn’t wait to have an after school snack.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t provided with the most nutritious options.  Back then, there wasn’t such a push for nutritious options and we were just on the verge of the childhood obesity epidemic. I would have snacks like mini corn dogs, pizza rolls, pizza, ice cream, cookies, cheese balls, Little Debbie’s nutty bars (they had peanut butter, so they had to be good for you), and easy mac! YIKES! I am honestly embarrassed to share that being a dietitian today!!!  I guess that just makes my improvements more significant.

Check out the image for all of my suggest snack trade ups! I hope these provide you with some ideas for healthy snack options for you and your families.

Happy Back to School!

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Peace and Wellness,
Ashley
Coborn’s, Inc. Registered Supermarket Dietitian

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