When we wrote Melt, we had a few astounding recipes that sadly just didn’t make the cut for one reason or another. This recipe is one of them. This was a FABULOUS dish, but it just didn’t fit into the overall narrative and flow of the cookbook.
Our love of jarlsberg cheese is mighty and unshakeable as was our desire to include it in Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be. This recipe, while fantastic, just broke too far away from our interpretation of mac and cheese (phyllo, technically, is a pasta). We tried to talk ourselves into it, but to no avail and it was dismissed from the lineup.
The creamy texture of Danish Havarti pairs well with the pithy personality of classic Jarlsberg. Combined with yogurt and egg, these two cheeses create a smooth, tender filling that plays off the salty, savory flavors of these decidedly Mediterranean ingredients.
I think you’ll find this hearty pie a worthy departure from your standard definition of macaroni and cheese. Friends loved this recipe; in fact, panic ensued once the baking dish was empty.
This is a fantastic recipe for a lazy and chilly night indoors. Put on your favorite calming music and make away.