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Castello Creamy Havarti and Cranberry Pastry Puffs

Castello Creamy Havarti and Cranberry Pastry Puffs

16 pcs

Between the combination of melted Castello Creamy Havarti cheese, the puff pastry and sweet notes of cranberry sauce, these cheese puff bites are irresistible. Not only is it easy to make, but it is also easy to serve and just as easy to indulge in. So, if you are wondering what cheese pairs well with cranberry sauce, and what a luxe version of classic cheese balls looks like, then look no further than this recipe made with Castello Creamy Havarti.

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  • 4 ounces Castello® Havarti creamy
  • 2 frozen, ready to bake puff pastry sheets
  • 1 egg lightly whisked with 2 tbsp of cold water
  • 5 - 6 tsp cranberry sauce
  • thyme leaves to garnish


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone mat.

2. Unroll the pastry, then divide it into 16 small rectangles and brush with egg wash.

3. Drag a knife across the surface of the dough along the edges to create a border for the crust, then place a slice of Creamy Havarti in the center.

4. Bake for approx. 10 minutes, or until they are a beautiful, golden brown.

5. Top with cranberry sauce and thyme, then serve immediately.

The elevated version of a cheese ball with cranberry sauce

Cheese balls are a longtime favorite amongst many, and this recipe offers a unique alternative that is perfect for cheese lovers. These cranberry bites are a somewhat classier version of traditional cheese balls both in look and taste. The luxurious blend of sweet and savory as well as the crusty puff pastry dough creates an explosion of flavor in your mouth. The bright cranberry red contrasts beautifully with the neutral-colored pastry. Cheese in a puff pastry is simply a wonderful combination, especially when you choose a creamy and easy-to-melt cheese like Castello Creamy Havarti cheese.

Delicious cheese puff side dish, appetizer, or treat

The balanced combination of flavors and the easy-to-grab size is perfect for any get-together. Serve the cheese puffs as an appetizer, as a side dish, or even as a dessert. This baked Havarti in a puff pastry is an elevated option for a cheese ball recipe. With its highly appetizing look and taste, it will be a given favorite for your next dinner party, at-home treat or part of a cheese board. So, whether you call them elevated cheese balls, cheese bites or cheese puffs, enjoy the delicate taste in every single bite.