Halloumi is known as the Cypriots' quintessential cheese, but this unique cheese has actually an Arabic origin, hence, it is also widely used in the Middle East in a variety of recipes. What is unique about Halloumi? It's claim to fame is the fact that it can be fried or grilled without losing its shape.
The Cypriots use a mix of sheep's, goat's and cow's milk in the making of Halloumi which is rather complicated. Often times vegetarians use Halloumi in their diet as a source of protein added to their meals and salads as it always surprises with its fresh taste and texture. There is a variety of way to enjoy this cheese but our favorite is as an appetizer or a fun snack during the evening hours. If you are a fan of fried cheese, cut Halloumi in small cubes and toss them in a frying pan with a bit of Greek extra virgin olive oil until they start taking a beautiful golden color and develop a crisp surface. Add some cherry tomatoes cut in half, fresh basil and a side of kalamata olives and you are in for a fun treat.
Not a fan of the frying pan? Try Halloumi on the grill for a lighter flavor...Feeling naughty? Add a glass of Greek Moschofilero, seat back and enjoy!