Haloumi heaven

Cheese you can fry ... salty haloumi is great in pies, fritters, salads and pizza.
Cheese you can fry ... salty haloumi is great in pies, fritters, salads and pizza.

1. Pan-fried

Lightly flour both sides of a thin slice of haloumi, then gently pan-fry in butter on each side for 30 seconds until browned and melting. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve with a wedge of lemon.

2. Fritters with orange blossom honey

Make fritters by dissolving 15g fresh yeast and 1tsp of sugar in 2½ cups of warm water. Add 3½ cups of plain flour and beat well. The dough should be elastic and wet. Add chopped mint then take a small ball of dough, insert a small square of haloumi into the middle and fry in hot oil in a deep fryer for 2 minutes. Drizzle orange blossom honey over hot fritters and serve immediately.

3. Lebanese pie

Make dough by dissolving 10g yeast in warm water with 20ml oil. Add 500g baker's flour, a pinch of salt and knead well. Roll out into 20cm rounds. Mix 1 sliced sucuk (Lebanese sausage), 1 diced red onion, 2 diced tomatoes and grated haloumi, and place in the centre of the rounds. Fold dough over to make a semi-circle and seal. Bake in a hot oven until golden brown.

4. Pizza

Mix grated haloumi, 400g chopped, blanched and drained spinach, 1 chopped red onion and mint. Spread on pizza bases made with the same dough as the pie, bake in a hot oven and serve with lemon and chilli.

5. Salad with tomatoes

Slice 4 vine-ripened tomatoes and 1 red onion. Toss with mint, parsley, coriander and pitted green olives. Grill 8 slices of haloumi until browned and place on the top of the salad. Dress with extra virgin olive oil and season. Serve immediately.

Ideas from Matthew Fegan of Mr Carsisi, Kyneton, Victoria.

From: Good Living

This story Haloumi heaven first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.