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Umm, yess. We are totally doing cheese fries today!!

Sweet Chili Butter Grilled Lobster Fries with Havarti Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I know, I know! I am beyond excited too! I mean, not only do we have cheese fries, but they’re cheese fries with buttery lobster, and an Aged Havarti cheese sauce, oh, and fresh grilled corn too. YESSS!

So here’s the deal, I am really excited to be partnering with Castello Cheese on a couple of posts this summer. About a month ago I went on trip with them to Napa Valley, CA to do a whirlwind cheese and wine tasting! Seeing as I love cheese (probably a little too much), clearly this was a good trip for me! 🙂

It’s no secret that I’m pretty familiar with cheese. I mean, did you happen to catch my hour-long snapchat on Saturday? If not, it was a “summer cheeseboard 101”. I went into full detail on all the cheeses, plus all the things you can and should be putting on your cheese boards. Not going to lie, I was probably kind of obnoxious, but hey, we made a pretty epic cheese board together!

Anyway, while I’m really familiar with cheese, wine is a fairly new thing for me. Meaning, I really know not a thing about it. That’s why this little trip to wine country was so important for me…I mean, aside from eating amazing cheese and getting to talk about the grand old city of Cleveland with Michael Symon, of course. Yeah, so aside from those things, I also learned so much about wine and food pairings, which in my world is a very important topic to know about.

While I learned a lot, I am not a pro, and still learning every day, but I now feel a little more confident putting out a bottle of Rose’ with my cheese board! Cool, cool!

Sweet Chili Butter Grilled Lobster Fries with Havarti Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvestSweet Chili Butter Grilled Lobster Fries with Havarti Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvestSweet Chili Butter Grilled Lobster Fries with Havarti Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

SIDE NOTE: can we just talk about Napa Valley for a second?

Oh my gosh, to everyone who lives there or travels there often, I am so jealous! Napa Valley, CA might be one of the prettiest places you can live. I stayed in the town of Yountville, which is probably the cutest little small town ever. Plus, there’s a Bouchon Bakery there. While I didn’t get to eat there (it was a very short one day, one night stay), that bakery gives the town MAJOR bonus points in my book, you know? And yumm!

In the morning the skies were filled with boundless numbers of hot air balloons. Oh my gosh, I totally put that up on snapchat. If you follow me, you may remember those snaps, but basically that is LIVING right there. So beautiful, so fun. LOVE! If I ever get a chance to head back that way, do you guys have suggestions as to what I should see, eat and do? I loved all your thoughts on my potential Italy trip, so lets hear your ideas on Napa Valley! 🙂

Sweet Chili Butter Grilled Lobster Fries with Havarti Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvestSweet Chili Butter Grilled Lobster Fries with Havarti Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Alrighty, now let’s talk Sweet Chili Butter Grilled Lobster Fries!

Do these not look and sound incredible?! I have to say, they’re pretty freaking delish. Kind of indulgent, but that’s A-OK every once in a while. Remember, it’s all about balance! 🙂

First things first, start off with your fries. Just simple oven fries is all you need, but don’t worry, they’re going to be the most epic base for that Aged Havarti cheese sauce, and that sweet chili butter lobster!! YUM

For the lobster, I grilled mine to make things super easy. Honestly, I think it took like five to ten minutes total and my tales were cooked and ready to be tossed in butter… oh that butter! You cannot do lobster without butter, so I did a spicy sweet butter with chilies, honey, garlic and basil. It is everything.

And then, my favorite part! The cheese… I mean, yah.

The Aged Havarti is the perfect paring with the lobster. It’s both creamy and buttery. DELISH. Now, taking what I learned in Napa, I paired these fries with Napa Valley Zinfandel. The perfect cheese and wine paring!

Maybe…

Sweet Chili Butter Grilled Lobster Fries with Havarti Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sweet Chili Butter Grilled Lobster Fries with Aged Havarti Cheese.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 695 kcal

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Ingredients

Fries

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes peeled (if desired) and sliced into thin 1/4-inch to 1/2 inch (thick) strips
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt + pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh mixed herbs chopped (basil, parsley, oregano, cilantro, etc.)
  • 4 ears grilled corn kernels removed from the cob
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Lobster

  • 4 in lobster tails sliced half lengthwise
  • olive oil for brushing
  • 8 tablespoon salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 1-2 tablespoon sambal olek chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil

Aged Havarti Cheese Sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place the potatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt + pepper. Gently toss with your hands or two spatulas to evenly coat. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip and bake for 15-20 minutes more. You want the potatoes to be tender, but crisp. Remove from the oven and toss the hot fries with fresh herbs.
  • Set your grill, grill pan or skillet to medium-high heat.
  • Rub each lobster tail with olive oil and then place cut side down on the grill. Grill for 3-5 minutes or until light grill marks appear. Flip and continue cooking until the shells turn bright red, about 5 minutes. Remove the tails from the grill and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter over low heat. Add the garlic and cook 3-5 minutes until the garlic is golden and caramelized. Remove from the heat and the chili paste, honey and basil.
  • Remove the lobster from the shell dice it into bite size pieces. Drizzle the lobster with butter, you will have extra butter.
  • To make the cheese sauce, toss the shredded cheese with the cornstarch in a medium size sauce pan. Add the milk and set over low heat, cook stirring often until melted and smooth. Season with cayenne, salt and pepper. Keep warm
  • To assemble, divide the fries among plates and drizzle with cheese sauce. Add the lobster and grilled corn. Drizzle with a little more cheese sauce and then garnish with fresh basil and chives. Serve with any remaining chili honey butter. Eat!
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Sweet Chili Butter Grilled Lobster Fries with Havarti Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Cheese and Lobster Fries anyone? I’m down with that!

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this recipe for a casual summer dinner party, and it was a huge hit! Paired with a nice bottle of white wine and a green salad made for a lovely outdoor dining experience. Even the kids loved it!

  2. First of all, your cheeseboard on snapchat was AMAZING ! Loved it 🙂

    Second, THIS. Oh yummy. This. I want to head over get lobster right now and make this. It seems so delish!
    I’ve had lobster like twice in my life so far. Both time this summer. I loved it. I don,t know why I didn’t tried it earlier ! But so far i haven’t tried it grilled, only boiled. This seems the perfect way to try it grilled !!!

  3. Oh, how I LOVE Napa! My family isn’t into traveling, and while we only live 6 hours away, I’ve only made it through Napa twice. I haven’t got to explore at all, it was just a drive through, and stop at a few places my cousin recomended on our way home from Sacramento. BUT!! I fell head over heels in love the moment we entered the valley. Ugh. So, soooooo beautiful! If you go back, you must go to Napa Valley Olive Oil Co. It is the quaintest little shop, very old, crumbling, kind of dark. But it has the most fantastic local and imported foods! Wonderful cheeses, and the most delicious dried fennel sausages from San Francisco (another place you should go. It’s AMAZING!). The olive oil is, of course, fantastic. Their imported food section is pretty incredible to me. I live in a teeny tiny town in northernmost Ca, and we can’t find anything here! The favorite part of my sisters and brother are the orange trees outside, that just happened to be loaded with ripe oranges while we were there both times that the shop owner said we could pick and eat. I don’t even like oranges, and they were sooooooo good! It’s such a fun little pkace, and I can’t stop talking about it! I really want to go back, and eat at Bodega, and all of Thomas Keller’s places. I am obsessed with all of his cookbooks!

    1. That sounds awesome Brittney! Thanks so much for sharing these places, I will have to check them out they sound amazing!!

  4. We love havarti! We put tiny cubes of the dill version in a cornbread panzanella and heat a big slice of plain or jalapeno in a cast iron to serve with pita and roasted tomatoes – yum!

    But, we’re intrigued by the idea of aged havarti. It sounds delicious! We are always in the mood for fries and cheese sauce, so I can’t think a better way to try it! Is Castello available in most supermarkets?

    1. Hey Elizabeth! That sounds awesome, I may just have to try it! I think Castello is available in most supermarkets, but I am not 100% positive. I hope you enjoy these when you get a chance to try!! (:

  5. Oh boy, do I love Zinfandel wine!!! It’s quite hard – not mention expensive!! – to come across it here in Portugal, but whenever I see a bottle, I tend to buy, eheh. Yeah, I know, we have amazing wines in my country, we really do, but being suhc a wine lover as I am, I love tasting wines from other countries as well!! Hmmm cheese fries!!!
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  6. you need to go back and try bouchon bakery!! their chocolate almond croissant is incredible (at least it was when i had it at their rockefeller center location) and eerything else that i’ve tried has been delicious as well. and model bakery (home to the best english muffins) and woodhouse chocolates (the place that introduced me to gianduja) are both must go’s if you’re in st helena!

    1. If I get back there I will definitely check it out! Thanks so much for the suggestion, I love those! Thanks Heather.

  7. I can’t eat seafood but I do love cheese on everything.
    One thing I’ve learned stopping by here is using a variety of good cheeses makes food taste great. I used to get a bag of shredded cheese that just doesn’t do the job anymore. Now I have several blocks of cheese in the refrigerator thanks to you.

  8. Okay, so now I totally want to be in Napa right now. Definitely going on the bucket list.
    And these fries sound incredible. Havarti is my favorite cheese so this is something I know I’d be all over