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Looking for Haloumi Recipes & places to buy

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diamondfifi Aug 22, 2010 04:56 PM

I live in SW Louisiana & trying to find a place to buy it & also recipes to prepare it. Please help me....I love the stuff.

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    smartie RE: diamondfifi Aug 22, 2010 07:09 PM

    a Greek or Middle Eastern store will sell it.

    My favorite way is just to broil it on both sides. Make sure you put it directly onto the grill tray and don't cover the tray with foil. You want the liquid to drip off so that the cheese dries out not sit in the whey or it stays soggy.

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      grayelf RE: smartie Aug 22, 2010 09:45 PM

      I eat haloumi just as it comes (well, maybe get it close to room temp). It is known as squeak cheese in our house. But it is also very nice instead of bocconcini in a fresh basil, tomato and cheese salad or skewer.

      Try to get the real Middle Eastern versions, not the domestic made ones.

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        jumpingmonk RE: grayelf Aug 23, 2010 06:51 AM

        It's also pretty good treated like gyro meat i.e. stuffed in a pita with some veggies and tzaziki.

        Assuming you get a choice of brands, I usally find the CheesEU brand most satisfactory, it has the best milkiness to saltiness ratio, in my opinion

    2. Scriever RE: diamondfifi Aug 24, 2010 08:14 PM

      The cookbook Spice by Ana Sortun has a great recipe for spiced dates and pears with haloumi.

      1. rose water RE: diamondfifi Aug 27, 2010 05:48 AM

        pan fried, with a dash of lemon olive oil on top.

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          Harters RE: diamondfifi Aug 27, 2010 05:51 AM

          Fry in olive oil and sprinkle with parsley and chilli. Great as part of a Cypriot meze.

          Can't help with a source - where I am (north west England), it's readily available in supemarkets.

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            Tripeler RE: Harters Aug 27, 2010 05:54 AM

            If the OP is in SW Louisiana, somehow I think the Haloumi should be fried in bacon fat. Treat it like a local ingredient, using local seasonings. Yeah, fry it in bacon fat with some okra, that would be great!

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            burgeoningfoodie RE: diamondfifi Aug 27, 2010 06:13 AM

            Don't think it is the same thing but Trader Joe's actually has what is called.. Fry Cheese or something of that nature. I don't recall whether the taste is the same, but the ability to withstand high heat may make it a good substitute.

            1. JungMann RE: diamondfifi Aug 27, 2010 06:34 AM

              We fry it in olive oil and top with lemon juice, mint and a little bit of chili.

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                lemons RE: diamondfifi Aug 27, 2010 07:39 AM

                The BBC's food mags, Olive and Good Food, often have haloumi recipes. They're in metric, but easy to translate.

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                  danielle85 RE: diamondfifi Aug 27, 2010 09:18 AM

                  I used Halloumi to make halloumi & roasted sweet potato skewers that I served over fresh spinach salad with honey lime chili vinagerette, roasted pecans and dried wild blueberries!
                  The salty, sweet, spicy combo was amazing!! :)

                  1. im_nomad RE: diamondfifi Aug 27, 2010 10:54 AM

                    I've had it flaming with metaxa :)

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                      LBJR09 RE: diamondfifi Aug 27, 2010 11:28 AM

                      I always treat haloumi as I would something meaty as its texture and bland taste mean it can hold strong flavours well...it's a good meat substitute for vegetarians! I like to slice it in strips then marinate in olive oil, lemon, garlic and oregano or chilli before grilling or frying, but I think it would take a variety of marinades and seasoning... I guess just experiment to your taste!

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                        loratora RE: diamondfifi Aug 27, 2010 12:12 PM

                        I make a pork and sundried tomato dish with haloumi that I found on About.com under Greek food. It's easy and quite good. However, the only halloumi I can find here is either at Giant or Harris Teeter - Giant's is cheaper but still $9.99 for 8 ounces! If anyone knows where I can find it for less, I'd love to know where.

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