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Grilled halloumi with dates

11/13/2013

Grilled halloumi with dates

 

A couple years ago, we went to a Lebanese restaurant in town, and my husband ordered grilled halloumi cheese. It is a goat and sheep milk cheese. Wow! it was so good! Since then, we always order halloumi when we go to that place. Halloumi cheese has a very unique taste and texture. We both love this dish, and I tried to make it at home so we can have it more often! Whole Foods usually has a good selection of imported cheese, but they didn’t have halloumi last week because of a goat milk shortage in Greece. So I went to a local Mediterranean market and voila, I found some!

 

Grilled halloumi is easy and quick to prepare, and it is really delicious! You can serve it as appetizer, or it can be a complete meal with salads and pita bread.

 

It has a very high melting point so you can grill it! I used a small indoor electric grill, and served the cheese with dried dates and homemade pita bread. By the way, I will post a pita bread recipe sometime later ^^ Halloumi is a little bit salty, and it goes really well with sweet dried dates! Enjoy!

Grilled halloumi with dates

Things you need

2 servings as a meal or 4 servings as an appetizer

  • 1 package halloumi cheese (8 slices)
  • 4-5 dried dates
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp dried basil
  • 2 TBS olive oil

 Directions

  • Cut the cheese about 1 cm (0.4 inches) thick.
  • Grill the cheese for about 2 minutes for each side. (my grill has no temperature control so it is probably set to high).
  • Place cheese on a plate and sprinkle dried oregano, basil, pepper on the grilled cheese.
  • Pour olive oil over the grilled cheese.
  • Cut dried dates into small pieces and serve with the cheese.

 

Grilled halloumi cheese

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