Smoked Havarti Phyllo Spinach Bundles



Now that it is a new year, many of you, like me, may still be hosting or attending the occasional party. Arla Dofino Havarti contacted me to try out some of their havarti cheeses and to create a recipe. I'm not sure about you but I love appetizers and for some reason I am in love with spinach dip! So in creating a recipe to use the havarti cheeses I decided combine my love of spinach dip and appetizers together. Add in some smoked havarti to the mix and your appetizers will truly be the hit of the party! 

The Arla Dofino Havarti line has 5 different flavours - JalapeƱo, Creamy, Dill, Herbs & Spices and Smoked.  You can find it at most stores here in Canada and they come in various sizes. Smaller blocks for a cheese board or big cylinder ones to use for lunches and other recipes.



Smoked Havarti Phyllo Spinach Bundles 

You only need a few ingredients to make this recipe, some patience with those slightly finicky phyllo pastry sheets and the Smoked Havarti from the Arla Dofino line.

Ingredients

  • 1 block (250g) Cream Cheese
  • 150g Frozen Spinach 
  • 120g Smoked Havarti
  • 1/2 cup Melted butter (more might be needed)
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Grate the smoked havarti and set aside.
  2. Whip the cream cheese with the whip attachment in a stand-up mixer or hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add in the frozen spinach. It will look a bit wet but that is okay.

  3. Take the bowl off and gently mix in the smoked havarti. Then, wrap the bowl and place in the fridge until you are ready to make the phyllo bundles.
  4. Butter muffin tins with butter. Then, gently unroll the phyllo pastry from its packaging. Using scissors cut 5.5 by 5.5 inch squares (The phyllo pastry sheets that we used were 17.5 by 13 inches in size before we cut). Stack 5 squares together.


  5. Melt the butter. Using a brush gently brush each square with the melted butter. Ensure you get the edges as well. You don't need to soak the phyllo square with butter but you will need enough to have them stick together.
  6. Once you have a stack of 5 squares together, gently press them into a muffin tin.
  7. Spoon about 2 teaspoons into the bundle. They should be about half full. The mixture will expand as it bakes.
  8. You can choose to bake them open or as a bundle. To make a bundle, gently squeeze the edges of the phyllo pastry together.



  9. Finish making the rest of the smoked havarti phyllo spinach bundles and bake them at 375F for 10 minutes or until they are golden brown.


The end result:

I am super happy with how these turned out. As you bite into the bundle you get a hit of creaminess from the cream cheese and spinach mixture ending with smoky cheese. Then add in some crisp from the phyllo pastry and it is so good! We actually brought these with us to visit our friends who just had a baby (also a great way to move food we test and create out of our place) and they loved them! One thought that we had used bacon in them!

Now, the exciting part of the post is that Arla Dofino wants you to try these cheeses for yourself! Using the rafflecopter, enter the giveaway for $25 in cheese vouchers, a gorgeous bamboo cheese board, and six porcelain cheese markers with an erasable pen.

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Looking for more cheese recipes?

Try these delicious Raspberry Balsamic Blue Cheese Hand Pies! The pastry in these hand pies make them so good and are perfect for hand held desserts.

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Also, if you missed my 2016 Food Resolutions take a peek about what I plan on creating and making in 2016.

Comments

  1. My favorite way to eat Havarti is on a turkey sandwich!

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  2. Perfect way to have havarti! Are there any of these unique flavours of havarti that you would like to try?

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  3. I love havarti in grilled cheese - I find it melts beautifully.

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  4. I love it straight up with crackers!

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  5. The best way to eat any cheese, especially if it's Havarti is with a glass of wine!

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  6. I like it in salad :)

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  7. I like Havarti melted on a Turkey Sandwich with a homemade pretzel bun!

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  8. I love havarti on toasted turkey sandwich

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  9. My fave way of eating Havarti is with some crackers! Yum!

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  10. My favourite way to eat Havarti is in a grilled cheese sandwich

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  11. my favourite way to eat Havarti is in a ham and cheese sandwich with honey mustard

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  12. I like it with some pate or sausage on crackers

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  13. I love havarti on my chicken burgers

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  14. I love Havarti on a sourdough bagel with butter.

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  15. I love Havarti with crackers~

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  16. I love to include havarti as part of my charcuterie board.

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  17. love havarti on hanburgers

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  18. I like harvarti in grilled cheese sandwiches, on burgers, on its own... its one of my favourite cheeses.

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  19. Grilled Havarti & Tomato sandwiches are delicious!


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  20. My favorite way to eat havarti is in a grilled cheese sandwhich mmm yummy

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  21. Cassandrea GascoyneJanuary 14, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Havarti and anything for me, but mostly on a grilled cheese!! These spinach havarti bundles look pretty epic as well! :)

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  22. I love Harvarti in a grilled cheese sandwich!

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  23. Havarti cheese and crispy crackers are my favourite way to eat Harvati cheese.

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  24. I LOVE A GOOD HAVARTI CHEESE DIP WITH BACON

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  25. I like Havarti in a grilled cheese sandwich.

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  26. Love havarti with ham, grilled, a croque-monsieur

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  27. I love macaroni and cheese made with havarti!

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  28. I love making grilled cheese sandwiches with it.

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  29. I like my Havarti in a grilled cheese, or melted over Nachos!

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  30. Melted on a fresh bun is my favorite way to eat havarti.

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  31. In grilled cheese is a great way to have it.

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  32. I like Havarti cheese with rice crackers and a glass of red wine!

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  33. I enjoy havarti on water crackers also with a glass of white wine

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  34. I love to eat Harvarti on melted on my hamburger.
    Florence C

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  35. I love harvarti with crackers

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  36. I like Havarti on crackers.but your recipe sure looks good.

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  37. I love to use the harvarti in a grilled cheese sandwich way.

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  38. I don't use harvarti a lot but I like throwing it into on to a cheese board.

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  39. Yes it really does! Any type of havarti on your grilled cheeses?

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  40. perfect! With wine or a nice beverage is always good.

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  41. My thoughts exactly :) Any wine that you gravitate towards to have with the havarti? White or red?

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  42. Any particular type of havarti or just plain?

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  43. Oh that sounds really good! What kind of recipe are you using for the pretzel buns?

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  44. Do you let the havarti melt in the sandwich or place in afterwards?

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  45. I love grilled cheeses! I used to make tomato soup and have it with grilled cheese all the time :)

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  46. Cheese boards are a perfect way of having havarti.

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  47. Is there a particular type of havarti that you prefer?

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  48. oooh that sounds really good. anything else on the bagel or just the butter and cheese?

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  49. Yes! And with those super cute cheese markers everyone will know which cheese is which.

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  50. ooh grilled tomato and havarti!! what a great combo.

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  51. Thank you! I hope you have a chance to make them for your next party!

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  52. I really enjoy those too. I need to make the croque-monsiers more often for brunch!

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  53. ooh! I have not tried making it with havarti! not sure why I haven't thought of that before.

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  54. Havarti on its own or mixed into eggs?

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  55. Nachos would be a perfect way to have havarti.

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  56. I do love how havarti melts so easily.

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  57. Seems like many people love it in grilled cheeses.

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  58. Thanks! Certainly try it out! It works really well and is so good.

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  59. Do you add anything else in the grilled cheesE?

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  60. yes, and if you win there are all these cute little porcelain markers that you can use to identify all the cheeses on your board! So great! :)

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  61. yes! Carr's is the brand I usually get. They are so light and crispy. Does not take away from the taste of the cheese. I love them

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  62. Love the recipe! My fave is havarti and pesto grilled cheese sandwiches!

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  63. I have adapted my own recipe from Alton Browns. I use a mixture of pumpernickel, rye, wheat and all purpose flours along with my sourdough starter. Also, I substitute a German Pilsener for some of the water. My preparation method consists of a longer rest period and I use food grade lye instead of the baking soda.

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  64. I love all kinds of cheese and havarti is no exception. The best way to eat it is simply with some crackers and fresh fruit.

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  65. Yummy I find it best in grilled cheese

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  66. Sometimes I do --- like bacon. =D

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  67. I love Havarti on Pastrami Sandwiches ...or on any sandwich really. It has such a unique taste. I love cheese so much and these appetizers look delicious!! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  68. I love havarti with crackers. So basic, but what better way to enjoy the cheese!

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  69. Just the butter and cheese. I like the Smoked Havarti best, but any will work in a pinch. That's my ideal breakfast.

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  70. I like it melted over tortilla chips.

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  71. I love it on its own!! Otherwise I eat in with hot genoa salami on panini bread

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  72. I like to eat it with crackers

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  73. with a nice baguette

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  74. On crackers with red pepper jelly!

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  75. I love it on a fresh warm kaiser

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  76. I love Havarti on a veggie sandwich. It's so good in the summer with a cucumber, tomato, and lettuce sandwich.

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  77. I would eat it on a sandwich

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  78. My favourite way to eat Havarti is on a chicken sandwich with cherry tomatoes and spinach.

    - amber y

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  79. an apple and pear havarti quesidilla

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  80. on toast with pears

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  81. I like havarti on my sandwiches.

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  82. love it with some apples and drizzle of honey

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  83. With caramelized pears and apples! It truly makes a lovely pairing with fruits.

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  84. Love havarti with fresh bread especially when we go camping.

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