Grilled Wisconsin Havarti Sandwich with Spiced Apples

Cheese and apples are a heavenly match and this grilled cheese sandwich recipe lifts those wonderful flavors a notch further. Granny Smith apples sautéed with spices, sugar and butter are layered with creamy Havarti cheese and grilled until ooey, gooey goodness is achieved.


  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsps Crystal Farms® Butter, softened, divided
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 4-6 tbsps sugar to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 8 thick slices rustic round loaf bread (French or Italian)
  • 8 thin slices Crystal Farms Havarti Cheese


  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add apples, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom; cook about 7 minutes, stirring frequently until most of the apple juices are reduced and the fruit is coated with a syrup. Remove pan from heat. Set aside.
  • Place four slices of bread on a griddle. Top each with one slice of Havarti cheese, 1/4 of the spiced apples, another slice of Havarti and top with remaining slices of bread. Butter sandwich tops. Turn over and butter again.
  • Place griddle over medium heat. Brown on each side 3-5 minutes, until golden and Havarti begins to melt. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Adapted recipe from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.