Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Other Fried Cheese

What you're asked to think of fried cheese what comes to mind for most people is a goo-ey friend mozzarella stick. But that's not what I'm here to talk about. (Not that I'm not a fan of stick of friend mozzarella with a side of marinara. Because I love that too.) But today I'm actually talking about fried halloumi cheese. (The cheese is on the right, in the center is a bunch of minced garlic.)
Halloumi Cheese
Until a few years ago I had never heard of halloumi, but now I'm glad we've become acquainted. Our first date was actually on mine and the boy's first date where we split an appetizer of fried cheese. Since then we'd had the same appetizer an uncountable number and times, and we've even tried making it ourselves.
Frying Halloumi
What's fun about halloumi is that isn't does really melt. For comparison when frying mozzarella you have to coat the cheese with breadcrumbs to avoid a goo-ey mess. But with halloumi who can just throw the slices of cheese into the pan (of course you might want to add some spices, like the garlic we have in here). And as the cheese fries it forms it own "breadcrumb crust," minus the actual breadcrumbs. It might not be the most healthy snack, but it sure does taste good.
Fried Halloumi Cheese
Anyone else ever try halloumi? Or is the only fried cheese you've tried the kind with real breadcrumbs?



  1. Mmmm... Halloumi cheese!! I love, love, love ordering that greek/lebanese restaurants. I've never made it myself... maybe if I can track some down I'll make it at home.

  2. I'm gonna have to try to make this! I love cheese!!!

  3. I have never even HEARD of Halloumi - but it sounds interesting :) Haha

  4. I have never heard of this before. I know I would love it though. Cheese=good. Fried=good. What's not to love?!

  5. This would be a great low carb snack! Where do you find halloumi cheese?

  6. I've never heard of it, but it sounds good. I wonder if it's available out here.

  7. I've never had this, but I think I may need to try it! Sounds so good!