Cheese of the Week – Havarti

July 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM | Posted in cheese, Food | Leave a comment
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Havarti Cheese

Havarti Cheese

Havarti is a traditional, creamery and semi-soft. It is a simple, washed-rind cheese with irregular holes throughout. There is an enriched version, with added cream which is softer and feels more luxurious in the mouth. There is also a version with caraway seeds. Havarti is named after the farm in Denmark where Hanne Nielsen first made it.

Country: Denmark
Milk: cow milk
Texture:
semi-soft
Havarti or Cream Havarti (Fløde Havarti in Danish) is a semi-soft Danish cow’s milk cheese. It is a table cheese that can be sliced, grilled, or melted.
In 1952 Havarti cheese was named after the Havarthigaard in Øverød, north of Copenhagen, where the owner Hanne Nielsen had developed modern cheesemaking in Danish agriculture during the last half of the 19th century. Havarti was, however, not introduced in Denmark until app. 1920. Havarti is made like most cheeses, by introducing rennet to milk to cause curdling. The curds are pressed into cheese molds which are drained, and then the cheese is aged. Havarti is a washed curd cheese, which contributes to the subtle flavor of the cheese.
Havarti is an interior-ripened cheese that is rindless, smooth and slightly bright-surfaced with a cream to yellow color depending on type. It has very small and irregular openings (“eyes”) distributed in the mass.
Havarti has a buttery aroma and can be somewhat sharp in the stronger varieties, much like Swiss cheese. The taste is buttery, and from somewhat sweet to very sweet, and it is slightly acidic. It is typically aged about three months, though when the cheese is older it becomes more salty and tastes like hazelnut. When left at room temperature the cheese tends to soften quickly.
The original Havarti is different from flødehavarti (“cream havarti”), which is made from high-pasteurized milk, so that the whey proteins that would otherwise be eliminated during production remain in the curd. This raises yields but alters the taste and texture. Cream havarti usually ripens very little, since the remaining whey proteins cause problems (off-taste, odd appearance) during prolonged ripening.
Flavored variants of Havarti are also available, such as cranberry, garlic, caraway, dill, basil, coconut, sour cream & chives, red pepper and jalapeño.

 

Nutritional Highlights for 1 slice (1 oz./28 g):
Calories: 120
Protein: 6.0 g
Carbohydrate: 0.0 g
Total Fat: 11.0 g
Fiber: 0.0 g
Calcium (150 mg)
Baked Havarti Chicken

 

Ingredients Serves 4 servings

 

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
8 ozs fresh baby bella mushrooms (sliced)
8 ozs chili peppers (green, drained and sliced lengthwise)
4 ozs havarti cheese (sliced, with dill)
italian dressing
greek seasoning (optional)
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp cooking wine (white)
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp roasted ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic salt
sea salt

 

Directions

 

1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2 Marinate chicken in Italian Dressing and Greek Seasoning, if using, for a minimum of 30 minutes.
3 Place chicken in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle top with additional Greek seasoning, if desired, and bake in preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until no longer pink in center and juices run clear.
4 Shortly before chicken is done, melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until bubbling. Pour in wine, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic salt, and bring to a boil. Stir in mushrooms. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until mushrooms are tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt as needed.
5 Remove chicken from the oven. Lay green chili slices on top of each breast, then top each chili with a slice of cheese. Return to the oven until cheese has melted.
6 Remove chicken from the oven, top with mushrooms and their pan juices, and serve.

 

Amount Per Serving
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 151
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17 g 26%
Saturated Fat 9 g 44%
Trans Fat 0%
Cholesterol 101 mg 34%
Sodium 2 g 83%
Total Carbohydrate 10 g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2 g 6%
Sugars 3 g
Protein 30 g

Grilled Chipotle London Broil Wrap

May 26, 2012 at 5:41 PM | Posted in BEEF, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Flatout Flatbread, leftovers, vegetables | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Grilled Chipotle London Broil Wrap

I used the leftover London Broil from the other day and I had the begining of some fantastic Wraps! I sliced the remaining London Broil into thin slices and wrapped them in paper towels and warmed them up in the microwave. For the Wrap I used Flatout Light Italian Flat bread. Love these they are 100% Whole Wheat , High Fiber, and only 90 calories and 16 carbs, I left the info and web link at the end of the post. I topped the Steak with JB’s Fat Boy Chipotle Sauce, sliced Deli Jalapenos, sliced Black Olives, Lettuce, Daisy Reduced Fat Sour Cream, fresh Grated Havarti Cheese and fresh grated Smoked Dutch Gouda. After assembling the wrap and folding it I put it in the microwave for 35 seconds. The lean and delicious Steak along with heat of the Jalapenos, Chipotle Sauce, and the fresh and creaminess of the Smoked Gouda Cheese and Havarti Cheese just makes an unbelievable Wrap! For dessert later a Mango-Cheesecake Parfait that I had made yesterday. You can find the recipe for this on an earlier post from today.

Flatout Light Italian Herb Flatbread

NEW Even Better Taste!
90 Calories
High Fiber
60% Less Net Carbs than sliced bread
100% WholeWheat
Low Fat
0g Sugar
The Best Life Diet Approved
Whole Grain approved, 8g or more per serving
INGREDIENTS: WATER, WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, OAT FIBER, WHEAT GLUTEN, SOYBEAN OIL, contains less than 2% of each of the following: MALTITOL, WHEAT PROTEIN ISOLATE, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, BAKING SODA, YEAST, PRESERVATIVES (POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM PROPIONATE, SORBIC ACID), FUMARIC ACID, WHEAT FLOUR, CELLULOSE GUM, GUAR GUM, CALCIUM SULFATE, XANTHAN GUM, SALT, ANNATTO COLOR, CALCIUM PEROXIDE, L-CYSTEINE, ENZYMES.CONTAINS: WHEAT AND SOYBEANS. MANUFACTURED IN A FACILITY THAT ALSO PROCESSES PRODUCTS CONTAINING MILK AND CHEESE.

Nutrition summary:
Calories 90
Fat 2.5g
Carbs 16g
Protein 9g

There are 90 calories in a 1 flatbread serving of Flatout Light Italian Herb Flatbread.
Calorie breakdown: 18% fat, 52% carbs, 30% protein

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