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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers : Perfect For a Barbeque


Why not have this recipe on stand-by for when you next heat up the barbeque. These tasty halloumi and vegetable skewers are a brilliant vegetarian alternative to meat skewers. Although great at BBQ's they could also be enjoyed indoors.

Ingredients:
Serves Six
1 lemon, halved
52ml (3 1/2 tbsp.) extra-virgin olive oil
2 x 250g packs halloumi, drained and cut into 2cm (1in) cubes
2 red peppers, cut into 3cm (1 1/4in) squares
2 courgettes (zucchini), halved lengthways and sliced into thick half-moons
handful fresh mint leaves, chopped

Method:
1. Brush the cut surfaces of the lemon with a little olive oil and place cut-sides down, on a hot barbecue, or in a hot griddle or frying pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until caramelised. Remove from the heat.
2. Squeeze the juice from one half of the lemon into a bowl. Add the halloumi and vegetables, remaining olive oil and half the chopped mint, then toss to mix.
3. Thread the cheese and vegetables onto skewers (if using wooden ones, soak them first in water for 20 minutes to prevent scorching). Reserve the olive oil mixture.
4. Barbecue over hot coals, or cook in a smoking-hot griddle pan for 4-5 minutes, turning often.
5. Once cooked, remove the skewers from the heat and place on a serving dish. Drizzle with the remaining marinade, scatter with the reserved mint and serve with the other caramelised lemon half. 


Each serving:
Carbohydrate 4.9g Protein 19.6g Fibre 1.6g Fat 27.3g
From an original idea here 

Halloumi is a firm, slightly springy white cheese from Cyprus, traditionally made with sheeps’ milk, although these days mass-produced varieties often use cows’ milk.


In texture, halloumi is similar to a firm mozzarella, making it a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking. Unlike mozzarella, however, it has a strong salty flavour, particularly when preserved in brine. 

Buyer's guide:
The best halloumi is made from sheeps’ milk, and will come from Cyprus, although these days you can even find varieties made in Britain. 

Storage:
Halloumi will keep in the fridge for many months if left in its original packaging, complete with brine or whey. Once opened, submerge in salt water and refrigerate. 


Preparation:
In the Middle East, halloumi is usually fried or grilled to take advantage of its high melting point. Although halloumi can be eaten straight from the packet, some chefs recommend soaking it in buttermilk for a day or two before preparing, to give it a richer, less salty flavour. 


A variety of recipe ideas are found within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

27 comments:

sheila 77 said...

Thanks for this super recipe just now when the courgettes are growing crazily. I'll certainly make this, along with the squeaky cheese.

Lorrie said...

Halloumi has been on my radar as something to try - this sounds delicious, especially with the garden producing all sorts of wonderful vegetables.

Christine said...

Looks wonderful sort of like savoury toasted marshmallows I imagine!

Jenn Jilks said...

Yummy! We've our grandies, so pretty basic meals!!!!

Bob Bushell said...

A lovely salad, that is what I need, beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, these look delicious. I would like to try the Halloumi cheese. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Jo said...

What a great idea, perfect for the barbecue.

only slightly confused said...

Skewers without meat...I'll have to think about that lol.

VENTANA DE FOTO said...

Deliciosa receta, que hoy nos ofreces

Elephant's Child said...

Yum.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

This is something I'd love!

William Kendall said...

That sounds good.

Tom said...

...a nice summer meal.

Missy George said...

Never heard of Hallumi but I never met a cheese that I didn't like..well, almost never...

Lowcarb team member said...

VENTANA DE FOTO said:
Deliciosa receta, que hoy nos ofreces

Google translation:
Delicious recipe you offer today

Debbie said...

i would have had to google halloumi - thanks for saving me the time. these sound good, anything with cheese, nice and light for summer!!!

Lee said...

That makes for a very delicious meal. Yum! :)

Linda said...

This would be great for a barbecue!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

This looks wonderful - I have never tried the cheese, but it sounds delicious with the lemon and oil and veggies! xx Karen

Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds great! Hugs, Valerie

Lady Fi said...

Delicious! I love halloumi.

Mary Kirkland said...

That really looks good.

Denise inVA said...

Sounds lovely Jan, thank you :)

Snowbird said...

How colourful that looks.xxx

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

That looks really yummy, thank you!

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow, thanks for this! Looks amazing! Thanks for all the information!!

Lisa said...

I love halloumi, in a wrap with sweet chilli sauce, delish!
Lisa x