Halloumi Cheese AppetizerPrep: 10 min Cook: 15 min Servings: 8by Julie Reihl16 recipes>
Halloumi cheese is a Greek grilling cheese and it is unique in nature in that it maintains its shape during the frying or grilling process and doesn’t melt as regular types of cheeses do. It normally is made with a mix of sheep and goat’s milk, but sometimes you can find a brand that has cow’s milk added. The texture is firm and the taste is quite salty. Another type of Greek grilling cheese that is not as salty taht I love is Kasseri. See our recipe Brushetta with Kasseri Cheese. The type of balsamic vinegar that I am using can be purchased at large specialty grocery stores or on-line at Sonoma Farm. I highly recommend this type because of its fantastic flavor and is thick and smooth so it will hug the cheese.
- 1 – 8 oz. piece of Halloumi cheese – size varies among brands
- Juice of half of a lemon
- 1 tomato diced
- 2 tablespoons of Sonoma Farm brand balsamic vinegar
- 1 bag of pita bread
- Garnish with basil sprigs (optional)
- Slice pita into 6 or 8 pie shaped pieces and place onto a cookie sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Set aside. Dice tomato into small pieces and set aside. Slice cheese into 1/4 inch slices. Place them into as large skillet over medium high heat. Once brown turn them and let brown on the other side. Once both side are brown, squeeze the lemon juice over all of the cheese pieces. Remove and place onto a serving tray. Top with diced tomatoes and drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the top of each piece. Serve with the baked pita chips and garnish with basil sprigs.
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