And even better, a killer halloumi recipe from my new fav cookbook, In Season: Cooking with Vegetables and Fruits by Sarah Raven.
By the way, the book cover and spine are absolutely beautiful for display but it is such a great source in the kitchen that you will need to keep it within reach.
This book may make you want to grow a garden, shop at farmer's markets, and cook ;)
So back to dinner..
My recipe is Halloumi, mint, cilantro, and dill pitas. But I switched out basil for the dill since I have one in my garden but not the other.
The basics on halloumi:
Its a traditional cheese from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, but it is commonly used in the Middle East and in Greece. It has a higher melting point than other cheeses, so you can fry it or grill it.
This recipe leaves the choice to you.. so I grilled it.
So here it is:
My first-ever food/dinner/recipe blog-posting...
|Cut the halloumi (8 oz) in slices. I also chopped yellow squash, zucchini, and a red bell pepper for a quick saute.|
|Mmmm.. delish! Just a few streams of olive oil and fresh veggies make the perfect summertime side dish.|
I also chopped a generous bunch (each) of mint, cilantro, and basil.. a bit less basil though since it can be overpowering. And then I just tossed the herb mixture together. At the same time, I warmed a few pita breads in the oven, covered in foil @ 350 degrees.
So at this point, you may be asking, how the heck does a cheese not melt when you put it on a hot grill? I had the same concerns and as you will see in the following photo, the cheese got pretty steamy at first when the water was cooking out of it. It was a little weird and gross actually. And because of all of the steam and my impatience, the initial grill marks were a bit disappointing :(
|Semi-grilled halloumi.. disappointing grill marks|
|Yes! I'm not a huge beer drinker but this jazz is good :)|
Yeah, they should bottle that fragrance and sell it!
So now the assembly-line of deliciousness:
|Cut pita in half and stuff each one with 3-4 slices of halloumi and a good fistful of the mixed herbs. Then drizzle with a good fruity olive oil. We really like Colavita.|
|Dinner is served! :)|