I must have lived under a rock, because I just recently discovered halloumi. For those of you who, like me, didn’t know what halloumi is, it’s a cheese originated from Cyprus that has a high melting point and can easily be fried or cooked.
While in France, my friend prepared some grilled halloumi and watermelon bites, and I fell on the floor. Not literally, but, almost. I’ve always loved feta cheese, but if feta was the hot, tanned Mediterranean boyfriend, then halloumi would be a Magic-Mike hot, tanned, muscular, Mediterranean lover – pardon the comparison, but I couldn’t find a more representative analogy – and don’t worry, my dear feta cheese, I still like you a lot!
Anyway, within a week, after trying halloumi for the first time, it’s been popping out of nowhere again and again: on my Instagram feed, on Pinterest, everywhere! So here I am with my friend’s recipe, celebrating halloumi cheese. Expect more recipes with this ingredient in the weeks to come, because I am seriously hooked.
Watermelon Halloumi Bites
What you need :
- a handful of mint, basil and 2 garlic gloves
- some olive oil
- a watermelon
- a pack of halloumi cheese
- In a blender, mix the mint, basil and garlic gloves. Add the oil to create a smooth green paste – I used my Nutribullet and got a nice, chunk-free basil mint oil.
- Cut the halloumi cheese in slices, then cut the slice in half.
- Brush the halloumi cheese with the basil mint oil and cook in a warm pan [or your outside grill], on both sides until halloumi gets a nice brown color and crusty texture.
- Cut the watermelon in cubes and remove the seeds.
- Arrange your halloumi watermelon bites [watermelon as a base, then the halloumi] and decorate with fresh mint, sprinkle with salt [optional] and pepper. Voilà!
Do you have a recipe to share with me that uses my new favorite ingredient, aka halloumi? I’d love to try it! Do tell!
Photography : FrenchByDesign © – Original recipe sources back to Bon Appetit Magazine
Pictured : Salt and pepper grinders, available here