Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pink Julep Loves: Haloumi Cheese


A few weeks ago I finished up a 30 day meatless experiment. I basically wanted to see if I gave up meat for a month, would it force me to eat better - long story short, it did. Without the luxury of ordering chicken at the occasional meal out, I was forced to try a few new things, which is how I discovered Haloumi, my new favourite food!

Haloumi is really dense and usually made of a mixture of sheep's and goat's milk. Unlike a lot of softer cheeses, it has a very high melting point, so it's great for cooking. It can be pan fried or even better, throw it on the grill at your next barbecue for a special treat!

Pictured above is fried Haloumi that I made using my own recipe and it was delicious! It's really easy to do and makes a lovely starter or substitute for meat for all you vegetarians or lovers of Meatless Mondays.

Ingredients
1 Tblsp. Olive Oil
Additional Olive Oil needed for frying
2 Tblsp. Lemon Juice
1/2 cup of flour
1 chunk Haloumi cheese
Salt & pepper
Additional Lemon Juice for Drizzling

Method
1. Start by mixing 1 Tblsp. olive oil and 2 Tblsp. lemon juice in a shallow dish. Salt & Pepper and set aside. Put flour into shallow dish and set aside.
2. Place a frying pan on medium heat with enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
3. Slice Haloumi into even slices, about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. Dip slices into lemon oil mixture and coat with flour. 
4. Place coated Haloumi slices into the oil, fry 5 minutes on both sides or until they are golden brown. Serve hot, drizzled with lemon juice and lightly peppered.

Obviously, grilling is the healthier option. I'm a big fan of the grilled Haloumi at Nando's here in London. If any of you have any Haloumi recipes you think I should try, send them to me at ashley@pinkjulepabroad.com.

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