Newest Review: ... starter for a meal. Even if you are not a cheese lover, I would recommend giving Halloumi cheese a go as I think you will be pleasantly su... more
Member Name: themoomin
Date: 12/03/01, updated on 12/03/01 (285 review reads)
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The unusual thing about this cheese is that it is not usually eaten raw - straight from the packet - although I quite like it this way as a topping to baked avocado, or in stir-fries - cubed and fried in a little oil to a golden brown. However, the best way is to simply slice and grill it, and eat it warm. Unlike most cheeses, Halloumi doesn't melt when heated, but goes brown and crispy on the outside, and bubbles and softens. If you don't eat it straightaway, it quickly goes cold and becomes rubbery again.
I first tried Halloumi in Cyprus, and was immediately smitten. It is not like anything else I have tasted, and lends itself to many recipes such as salads and stir-fries. Its mild flavour makes it suitable for even the most hardened cheese-hater!
These days I buy my Halloumi in Sainsburys. It comes in a small block (8oz?) and costs around £2. You'll find it in the continental cheese section - I can't remember ever seeing it on the deli counter. This much would be plenty in an average recipe for serving four, although I must confess that I always grill the whole lot (makes about 8 thickish slices) at once and hubby and I eat it on its own. Once opened, if wrapped up properly in an airtight container, it should keep fresh for at least a week, but I wouldn't swear by it as mine usually disappears on the same day I buy it!
Oh yes, the famous squeak . . .
Well, you'll have to try some to see what I mean, but I promise you it squeaks between your teeth as you chew it. Cheese with comedy value?? It gets the moomin seal of approval!
Warm Halloumi and pepper salad
Vegetable stir-fry with diced Halloumi
Backed avocado with grated Halloumi topping