An American comfort food favorite served as an appetizer? Yes, please. Tomato soup with an aged Havarti and sun-dried tomato grilled cheese for dipping is unforgettably delicious.
By Priscilla Willis
Oh, cheese, how I love thee! Recently, I discovered a new variety that has captured my heart, a crumbly yet creamy, buttery yet tangy, semi-firm hunk of pure joy that quickly became my new obsession. The moment a nugget of Castello® Aged Havarti coated my tongue with its full complexity, I wanted it every night – no crackers or baguette slices needed, only a sip of wine or craft beer and a sliver of fruit to prep my palate for another bite, and another…
When it comes to foods of exceptional quality, whether it be an heirloom peach from Masumoto Farms or an heirloom tomato from the farmers market, I’m a purist who desires to savor that food in its most unadulterated form. When I received a distinguished black cushy cooler-full of Castello’s Aged Havarti it was all my family could do to refrain from devouring it all on cheese boards (if you’re a regular here, you know how much I love cheese boards!). In fact, an artisan cheese board and pairings would be my wish if I were stranded on a deserted island.
But we’re not on a deserted island, so we can also enjoy a great American comfort food favorite: a crock of homemade tomato soup and a cheesy grilled sandwich for dipping. Adapted from Ina Garten’s Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons. A touch of labneh (yogurt cheese) and spiciness balances the sweet acidity of tomato soup and bright sun-dried tomatoes mixed into buttery, tangy Castello® Aged Havarti melted between thick slices of herby rosemary olive bread impart another dimension of flavor to the grilled cheese. Who wouldn’t like a miniature serving of this as an appetizer at a winter soirée or tailgate party?!! Here the grilled cheese “fingers” are already dunked, but you will want to serve them alongside and let your guests to the dunking – a soggy grilled cheese is no bueno.Print
Intrepid food writer, drinker, and culinary traveler, Priscilla is the publisher of the popular Orange County, CA food and cooking blog She's Cookin' which features deliciously healthy, low sodium recipes, Southern California restaurants and foodie events, cocktails, spirits, and culinary travel.