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Grilling with Halloumi Cheese

Fri, Dec 02, 22

Grilling with Halloumi CheeseIf you have ever eaten grilled cheese—and we mean cheese actually cooked directly on a grill—chances are, it was a type of cheese called halloumi.

Halloumi cheese is made from sheep’s milk (typically combined with goat’s milk) and possesses a high melting point that makes it great for grilling and frying, and is a favorite among experimental chefs. Foodies have become big enthusiasts for halloumi cheese, due to the fact that it is such a drastic variant from most other types and provides a new experience to its tasters.

If you are adventurous, or simply interested in learning more about a cheese that is able to stay firm on the grill, continue reading the following article from About. You will learn more about the history of halloumi cheese, as well as understand more about it’s unique flavor. With this knowledge, your next barbeque has the potential to include actual grilled cheese, and who doesn’t love that?

Halloumi cheese – what is halloumi?

Wondering about cooking with this unique Greek sheep’s milk cheese?

Halloumi cheese is making its way up the list of popular food trends – and with good reason! Halloumi cheese is a delicious and uniquely grillable cheese. Read on to learn about what is halloumi cheese, cooking and grilling with Halloumi, and some Halloumi recipes, of course!

What is Halloumi cheese? Can I substitute other cheeses?

Traditionally prepared from sheep’s milk in the Greek island of Cyprus, Halloumi is a soft curd-like cheese free of rennet and safe for vegetarians who do not eat rennet. Many similar cheeses are prepared by dairy and goat farmers in Canada and the United States. For legal proprietary reasons, these cheeses are usually called “Halloumi-style” or “grillable” cheeses.

What does Halloumi cheese taste like?

Plain, Halloumi is firm, salty and a bit rubbery, perhaps most comparable to a thick feta, though the taste is certainly unique. Cooked, the saltiness fades into a strong savory bite, with a slightly creamy texture.

How to cook Halloumi cheese:

Try Halloumi grilled, pan-fried or thinly sliced. Try it instead of mozzarella in a caprese salad, or serve it with watermelon, as is traditional in Cyprus.
For those looking to try halloumi cheese for the first time, simply heating it on the grill is one great way to become introduced to its unique flavor and texture. Once you have familiarized yourself with this gourmet delight, you can begin to experiment with it in salads, kebobs, and various other dishes. About also explains the best techniques for grilling halloumi cheese.

Grilled halloumi cheese

Grilled halloumi: It’s trendy, it’s easy, it’s gourmet and it’s quick, but the real reason to try grilled halloumi cheese on your indoor our outdoor grill is that it tastes, quite simply, incredible. If you’ve never tried grilled halloumi cheese, you simple must learn how to do it with this easy recipe.

See also: What is halloumi?

Ingredients:

  • 1 package halloumi or halloumi-style cheese
  • olive oil

Preparation:

  • Pre-heat your indoor or ourdoor grill to medium heat.
  • Slice halloumi cheese into wide, 1/2 inch thick slices and lightly brush each side with olive oil.
  • Carefully place on grill for just a few minutes on each side, until lightly browned and gently crisped; do not over-grill.
  • Halloumi cheese is best served immediately, while it is slightly crispy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside.
  • Grilled halloumi can be eaten just as it is. Delicious!

If you are a cheese lover, then this unique variant is sure to delight your senses. Halloumi cheese maintains the texture of mozzarella while tasting more like feta, and is probably like nothing else you’ve ever experienced. Now that you are armed with an understanding of halloumi, your first assignment is to go out and purchase some of your own halloumi cheese and begin the journey into epicurean bliss.

Did you know that along with a large variety of beer, wines, spirits, and cigars, Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA also has a gourmet foods shop? Inside of the Julio’s 17,000 square foot storefront on Route 9, one can find a wide variety of cheeses (many of them local!) and provisions, including the famed Halloumi cheese. Visit Julio’s Liquors and you will find everything you need for your next party or cookout.

Have you ever tasted halloumi cheese? How would you best describe this elusive cheese?