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Fried to a browned perfection, this chewy, slightly salty Fried Halloumi is the perfect foil for eating with warm flatbreads. 

fried halloumi recipe with flatbread

FRIED HALLOUMI 

Try some Fried Halloumi dunked in Turkish Muhammara Dip for an amazing Middle Eastern treat.  Or plain with just a drizzle of fabulous extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro!

Halloumi is a fabulous semi-hard cheese from Cyprus. It’s unripened and brined from a blend of goat’s and sheep’s milk, and sometimes even cow’s milk.  Halloumi is similar to mozzarella in texture, but because it’s brined, it imparts a salty taste and lovely depth of flavor.

It’s perfect for grilling or frying because it doesn’t melt easily, having a very high melting point.  That enables Halloumi slices or chunks to retain their shape when cooked.

 

 fried halloumi cooking in pan

The heat softens the rubbery-textured cheese at bit, while mellowing out the salty taste.  And that’s what makes it fabulous as a fried appetizer served with warm, fluffy flatbreads.

A popular addition to a Middle Eastern Feast, frying halloumi creates a truly unique taste treat. It’s chewy and toothsome, so don’t expect it to melt in your mouth!

Fried halloumi is best served warm, and you can complement it in any number of ways.  I’ll tell you a little more about that in just a minute.

 

HANUKKAH – THE LIFESTYLE DIVA WAY

How would you like to plan a fabulous and stress-free Hanukkah this year?  

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HOW ELSE CAN YOU SERVE FRIED HALLOUMI?

Next I’m sharing one of my all time favorite Middle Eastern sauces that takes this Fried Halloumi recipe to the next level of YUM! 

I think you’re going to love my Turkish Muhammara Dip with some Fried Halloumi!  (Both recipes are part of my Middle Eastern Hanukkah Celebration Feast menu! I’ll tell you more about it a little later in this article.)

 

FRIED HALLOUMI IN MUHAMMARA DIP

fried halloumi in muhammara dip

Turkish Muhammara Dip is a delicious red pepper sauce made from charred red peppers, walnuts and Pomegranate Molasses.  It’s both savory and a little sweet, making it a perfect complement to my Fried Halloumi recipe.

I personally love scooping up a piece of Fried Halloumi with a dollop of Turkish Muhammara Dip. The combination is positively outstanding on a piece of warm homemade flatbread.

And my recipe for No Yeast Cilantro Oil Flatbread is so fast and easy, you’ll wonder how you’ve ever eaten Middle Eastern foods without them!

CLICK HERE TO READ THE RECIPE POSTS:  TURKISH MUHAMMARA DIP  and  NO YEAST CILANTRO OIL FLATBREAD

 

MIDDLE EASTERN HANUKKAH CELEBRATION FEAST

middle eastern hanukkah celebration feast

If you’re like me, I enjoy “mixing it up” a little during Hanukkah week. Why not serve a Middle Eastern Hanukkah Celebration Feast for one of your nightly celebratory meals? 

This delicious menu features 6 different Middle Eastern treats that combine to make a fabulous Hanukkah buffet. 

And what will be on the menu that evening?

  • Cheese and Broccoli Rabe Bourekas in phyllo
  • Potato Saffron Bourekas in puff pastry
  • Fried Halloumi (Israeli fried cheese appetizer)
  • No Yeast Cilantro Oil Flatbreads
  • Moroccan Zaalouk Dip (eggplant & tomato relish)
  • Turkish Muhammara Dip (roasted red peppers, walnuts and pomegranate molasses)

 

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8 nights of hanukkah treat bags

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fried halloumi recipe with flatbread

Fried Halloumi Recipe

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Fried to a browned perfection, this chewy, slightly salty brined cheese is the perfect foil for eating with warm flatbreads. Try it dunked in Turkish Muhammara Dip for an amazing MIddle Eastern treat!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. block of halloumi cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil for cooking, plus more for serving
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

    1. Heat a nonstick frying pan over high heat.  Add enough olive oil to cover the bottom of pan.
    2. Cut the cheese into thick slices or large chunks. Dry the halloumi by blotting them with a paper towel.
    3. When oil begins to shimmer, add cheese, keeping the pieces separate to help brown evenly. Cook on first side for 2 minutes, or until it develops a nicely browned crust. Turn carefully with tongs and cook second side a minute or so, until brown.
    4. Place cheese on a plate drizzle with olive oil, a few grinds of freshly ground pepper and a sprinkle of fresh chopped cilantro.
    5. Serve with warm flatbreads or bread.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 134Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 30mgSodium 237mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 8g

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