When I went to the mediterranean island of Cyprus last November I learned how halloumi is made from it’s Origin.
Yes, halloumi cheese comes from Cyprus and the villagers have been making this cheese since the mid 16th century. It is also very popular in Greece and Turkey. Some compare it to feta, and some compare it to mozzarella. It has a salty flavor and is stored in its own juices. It’s not as crumbly as feta and holds up well to slicing and frying because it won’t melt when heated. When cooked, its firm texture gives you a squeak on your teeth kind of feel when chewed. In this recipe it is shredded and it holds up nicely in the patties giving them a creamy texture and fantastic flavor. Halloumi is one of my favorite cheeses right now and I love finding new ways to cook with it.
I served them the first time for dinner when my vegetarian best friend came to visit. They were delicious with with a mixed green salad, avocado and radishes. Any salad dressing would be tasty with this, but I used a garlicky vinaigrette. The patties are also great as an appetizer served with plain yogurt and finely chopped dill & mint to dip them in.
These patties are seriously the best thing I’ve put in my mouth in a long time. They are super easy to meal prep and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. They also freeze well, so if you’re into big batch cooking, you definitely need to give these a try.
They are vegetarian and a great source of protein. They area also gluten free if you are carful about where you get your oats.
Recipe adapted from Electrolux.
(Cyprus pictures below)
All these photos above were taken in the Village of Kozan in Cyprus. Savas Boransel was our tour guide that beautiful day and it was one of my favorite days of our trip. We learned about halloumi cheese and carob syrup, then had a delicious meal at his organic farm. The pictures I’m posting here are all about the cheese. Check out his website if you want to have a wonderful experience on Cyprus. I highly recommend it.