Recipe: Halloumi cheese and pesto bites



I finally managed to find some decent halloumi cheese in the supermarket. Let me tell you, I love them! Its a great substitute for a vegetarian BBQ, which meat lovers will like as well. These cheese is traditionally Cyprian, and very popular in The Middle East and Greece. Usually made by sheep’s or goats milk, sometimes there are cows milk based available too.

The best thing about it: It goes ell with almost anything, with chili or sweeter sauces, vegetables, grills, prosciutto, name it. Spices as well can be used while grilling, I would recommend sumac and some cured lemon.

I had to try out some bread recipes today, and ended up, with a nice thin sourdough, which is perfect toasted with some olive oil. I thought it ill go well with the halloumi, just wanted to make it a  bit colorful As I said it goes well with almost anything, I thought I add some grilled tomatoes, and since I had a pesto open just spread it on the toast. The result was yummy! The combination of the flavors was just amazing, and nothing beats fresh home-made bread! Its perfect as a welcome snack or to a wine tasting or to pretty much any food-loving occasion!

Note: If its your first time grilling halloumi, there’s a few things you should know. Fry it in a non-stick frying pan. Make sure the pan is burning hot…and I mean literally burning hot! Use only a drop of olive oil, not much more! Don`t overcrowd, so try and fry maybe 3-4 at once, or else the temperature will drop and your cheese is going to melt instead if grilling. Just brown each side and your cheese is ready!

Heat a frying pan, add a couple of spoons of olive oil, toast the bread slices at both sides

Spread some pesto over the toasts, while they are still warm so it melts a bit.

heat the same frying pan, until burning hot

add halloumi cheese and fast fry on both sides

when finished with cheese add tomato halves, and grill

season with a bit of sumac and white pepper only if you like

be careful with salt, as the cheese itself is very salty!


16 Responses to “Recipe: Halloumi cheese and pesto bites”

  1. I’ve been tempted to get halloumi cheese for the longest time, and your recipe is likely going to give me that final push to go for it

    loved the colors, and the taste must be incredibly good…

    nice post!

  2. Lovely photographs, and great tips on how to cook the cheese. I will have to keep my eye out for some at the store!

  3. Your bread looks lovely! May I ask which recipe you used? I’ve been looking for a good sourdough recipe, and nothing has struck my fancy until now!

  4. These look simple and beautiful! I’m a big fan of halloumi, will definitely give it a try.

  5. these look so lovely and pretty. makes me feel like reaching out for one of these right now!! thank you for sharing this.

  6. Thanks for making everything look so easy to make. Can’t wait to try it.

  7. That really makes a great light summery snack or lunch. And it looks just so beautiful and rustic. Instead of my lazy bum’s go to bruscetta, I should try this instead concoction instead as it is even more simple and faster to prepare. 🙂


  8. Now this is weird, all jokes aside – this is the second time this week that I found this blog when searching for two completely different things. Has anyone else ever done that?

  9. Lovely, and I love this cheese and it’s salty sweetness.


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