Havarti Dill Mac & Cheese with Pulled Pork

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Pork and Mac & Cheese go together so well. Especially slow cooked garlic pork and homemade havarti dill mac & cheese! Havarti Dill Mac & Cheese with Pulled Pork turned out so much better than I even thought it would. The sweetness of the pork (from the garlic jelly) and the tanginess of the havarti in the cheese sauce come together so perfectly.

Havarti Dill Mac & Cheese with Pulled Pork

Trying new things in the kitchen is one of my very favorite things to do! I found this delicious Havarti Dill cheese when I was making a charcuterie board that I wanted to find a way to incorporate into more things. I wasn’t sure how it would melt, so I put it on some sliders I made with the leftover Prime Rib from Christmas dinner and put them under the broiler. It melted beautifully! That’s when I got the idea for putting it in a Mac & Cheese sauce! Whenever I am going to try a new ingredient or flavor, I like to put it something everyone is familiar with – like a pasta dish – so they will give it more of a chance.

Havarti Dill Mac & Cheese with Pulled Pork

You could buy some garlic jelly – usually found in the artisanal section of your store, or maybe near the meat and cheese (entertaining food section). Or you can really simply make your own. You will have to make it the night before, but it doesn’t take long at all – especially if you use the jarred minced garlic. And the recipe I have provided makes just 2 jars, so not a huge undertaking at all.

You could certainly use the pulled pork recipe for lots of other dishes – quesadillas, tacos, pulled pork sandwiches. You could also make the mac & cheese on it’s own with a different protein. I think it would be yummy with a nice grilled steak!

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!

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Havarti Dill Mac & Cheese with Pulled Pork

Slow cooked garlic pork over a creamy, tangy Mac & Cheese made with Havarti Dill Cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, crockpot, Garlic, garlic jelly, mac & cheese, Pasta, pasta dishes, pork, pulled pork, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Slow Cooker Time 4 hours
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • ½ lb Bacon cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 tsp Dill for garnish

For the Pork

  • lb Pork Roast
  • 1 cup Garlic Jelly see secondary recipe

For Mac & Cheese

  • lb Short Pasta Farfalle, elbows, shells, rotini, etc.
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cup Havarti Dill Cheese cut into ½ cubes

Instructions

  • Add Pork roast and garlic jelly to slow cooker and secure lid. Cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 6 hours).
  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta.
  • Remove pork from slow cooker and shred with two forks.
  • In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to paper towel covered plate. Leave grease in pan and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water. Return to pan (away from heat).
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter. Once melted, whisk in flour. Cook for 2 minutes then whisk in chicken broth. Cook for 3 minutes then whisk in heavy cream. Cook for 2 minutes then whisk in cheese. Continue stirring occasionally until cheese melted. Once fully melted, pour sauce over cooked pasta and stir to combine.
  • Add pulled pork to bacon grease and toss to evenly coat. Let cook, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes.
  • Place portion of pasta in a shallow bowl. Top with portion of pulled pork and then sprinkle with bacon and dill.
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Garlic Lovers Jelly

A delicious savory jelly for the garlic lovers in your life!
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword Garlic, garlic jelly, jelly
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours

Equipment

  • 2 pint canning jars with lids and seals

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups White Vinegar
  • 2 oz Pectin
  • ½ cup Minced Garlic

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Place lids and rings in a warm water bath. Be sure jars are clean and dry.
  • Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to boil and let cook for 10 minutes.
  • Ladle jelly into each jar leaving ¼ inch head space. Place lid on jar and screw on ring to seal. Let stand on counter for 30 minutes then place in refrigerator for at least 3½ hours.
  • Will keep for 4 weeks unopened in refrigerator, 1 week once opened.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

5 thoughts on “Havarti Dill Mac & Cheese with Pulled Pork

  1. Sounds yummy!! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 21, open until February 26. Shared on social media.

  2. What a fabulous flavour combination – and the garlic jelly sounds so versatile. Your Havarti Dill Mac and Cheese sounds like a real family favourite. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. Take care and have a lovely week!

  3. This looks amazing! I love Havarti dill but haven’t had it in such a long time. I bet it is amazing in mac and cheese! And I do like pulled pork as well. Thanks for sharing and linking with me.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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