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Halloumi

(14 Posts)
Izabella Mon 10-Dec-18 18:31:29

Silly and inconsequential query really in these times of political chaos. However, does anyone know why it is manufactured into two layers pressed together? Always seems to fall apart as I put it into the pan to cook.

Nelliemoser Tue 08-Jan-19 13:04:34

It may be that halloumi comes in thin slices beacause in my experience very thick slices can become very chewy indeed to eat. "It's Squeeky cheese."

(Aldi do a very very nice Feta. better than any of supermarkets.)
(I would really like some spanopkapita now.)

grannysue05 Tue 08-Jan-19 13:31:57

After this cheese is removed from the whey (and while it is still hot) it is traditionally folded in half and left to set.
This gives the typical two tiers that always seem to crumble when you cut into it.
A useful tip is to remove cheese from plastic wrapper and wrap in several layers of kitchen paper.
Keep changing the paper until the cheese feels dry, then cut and serve or fry. Seems to work.

MrsJamJam Tue 08-Jan-19 13:34:13

That is a useful tip. Now all I have to do is remember it!

Elegran Tue 08-Jan-19 13:50:48

I didn't know that, Grannysue

Halloumi and red sweet pepper kebabs are very tasty (they can be grilled or pven-cooked)

Craftycat Fri 11-Jan-19 12:04:29

I love Greek food. I often make a Lamb Giovetsi which is a rich stew with Orzo pasta. Chunks of Halloumi are added at the end. The GC love it. I could not find a recipe so I just kept tasting it while we were on holiday until I had worked out exactly what was in it. Got it spot on now. Yum!!

Kalu Fri 11-Jan-19 12:27:37

That makes perfect sense now that you mention it Grannysue. I will be doing this in future.

Lamb Giovetsi sounds delicious Craftycat

Grammaretto Fri 11-Jan-19 12:33:04

I love halloumi though it can be salty but very tasty.
I slice it and fry in a non stick pan without fat until it browns.
Thanks for the tips grannysue05

Izabella Fri 11-Jan-19 12:54:41

Thanks grannysue05 I knew someone would come along who could explain.

Elegran Fri 11-Jan-19 12:58:07

Craftycat f anyone wants to try it, I googled Lamb Giovetsi and this came up - they have spelt it differently (lamb youvetsi) but it sounds like the same dish. They are plugging their brand of yoghurt, naturally.

uk.fage/recipe/lamb-youvetsi-halloumi-yoghurt

Kalu Fri 11-Jan-19 13:09:15

I was just about to do a search Elegran Thanks for passing on the link.

Lamb and halloumi on the shopping list✅

Elegran Fri 11-Jan-19 13:12:16

It sounds really good - and not difficult.

Elegran Fri 11-Jan-19 13:13:54

Grammaretto I grill it or brown it in the oven.

Anja Fri 11-Jan-19 14:04:32

Damned annoying isn’t it?