A couple of weeks after I read Jamie Forrest's post about Grilled Halloumi over at Serious Eats, Halloumi showed up in my local cheese shop, Premier Gourmet. Either the cheese buyer at Premier or some other customer must read the same blogs I do.
Halloumi is traditionally made from sheep and goat's milk. It is sold vacuum packed in a bit of its own whey. The true flavor of Halloumi is revealed only when it is cooked. Uncook Halloumi is plain and rather tart. Its texture most resembles mozzarella.
Halloumi served with salad, hummus and pita bread is a tasty treat. Here are some other recipes for Halloumi:
- Marinated & Grilled Barbeque Halloumi Cheese and Vegetable Skewers with Fig Spread and Pitas
- Grilled Halloumi Appetizer Salad
- Halloumi Stuffed Peppers
- Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Lemon
- Sizzling Halloumi Cheese with Fava Beans and Mint
- Further Serving Suggestions
Shopping tip for Buffalo readers: Halloumi is currently available at Premier Gourmet, but I don't expect it to be a regularly stocked item. If your local cheese vendor doesn't carry Halloumi, you can always purchase some at igourmet.com.
Although I originally bought Halloumi solely for its novelty, I'm going back to buy some more because it is delicious. I recommend trying this unique cheese.