Friday, July 18, 2008


Fried Halloumi freakin' rocks!

Halloumi is a cheese from Cyprus made from a mix of sheep's and goat's milk. Its texture is much like mozzarella but surprisingly, Halloumi doesn't melt. It tastes like a very salty mozzarella with a hint of that distinct flavor of goat cheese.

I picked it up at Daily Bread Marketplace along with all sort of delicious middle eastern delights. All which we polished off almost as quickly as we bought it, cept i totally forgot about the cheese.

Then a tivo'd back episode of Nigella Bites totally reminded me that i hadn't made it yet. But since i didn't have any fresh red chile peppers on hand (and let's face it, i never do), i went back to my friend Aydin's suggestion of enjoying it simply prepared by frying it up in a little bit of olive oil.

Fried Halloumi

1/2" slices of halloumi
olive oil
lemon juice
fresh cracked pepper

Heat oil in a pan over high/medium high, add cheese, flip when browned (just a minute or two per side), remove from pan, enjoy!

One thing i kept from Nigella's recipe was the squirt of lemon juice, i loved the way the acid cut through the salty richness of the cheese. And oooh boy, this cheese is SALTY! So much so, that i ate it about half an hour ago and my lips are still puckered! lol. I forgot that Aydin mentioned to rinse off the cheese before frying. Oops.

It was a mistake worth making cause that was the most flavorful fried cheese i've ever had...and i really SHOULD drink more water anyways. lol.


USA Kiwi (aka Kylee) said...

My all time fave cheese.

I like to put it in the pan, sprinkle with dried oregano, then when it's done - squeeze lemon juice over it.

It's the best.

(I've never ever rinsed the cheese beforehand though)

Oh_mama said...

Yum, salt! ;) Glad you enjoyed it, my friend! Miss you!!!

hot garlic said...
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hot garlic said...

Hi, I found your blog on the foodie blogroll. It's great! I've got some Haloumi in the fridge I was going to fry up this week so jinx!

CookiePie said...

Haloumi is the YUMMIEST CHEESE EVER! I love it grilled too. But fried?? That is genius.