Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cheese for Dinner…Yes Please!

Tonight I made myself a kick-ass dinner and the star was a big ‘ol slab of cheese.

I’ve been wanting to try out Halloumi cheese for a while now, and I was really hoping to have some while in Greece on my honeymoon but for some reason that never happened… (hmmm now I kick myself for that)

This is a cheese that originated in Cyprus and is popular around the middle east.  It has a high melting point so that it can be grilled or fried and not melt. 

Well I was reminded of this interesting cheese when I stumbled upon this recipe a few weeks ago, and then saw Elina had referenced this same recipe and I knew it was finally time to make it!

(so I forgot to take a photo of the package but it looked more or less like this one)


It only take a few minutes to cook, so I started on the broccoli!

I cut up 2 small heads of broccoli crowns and mixed them with:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • pinch of lemon zest
  • salt
  • crushed red pepper (just a little)

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I roasted it at 400 for about 15-20 min.  I stirred a couple times.  It was sizzling, so I’d recommend checking on it every once in a while. 

Then I put together a little topping for the cheese inspired by my honeymoon in Greece!

Finally broke into the Santorini sun dried tomatoes we brought home IMG_9092 IMG_9094

I chopped up 2 of these small tomatoes (much smaller than normal sun dried tomatoes) with:

  • Santorini capers!  (also from the honeymoon)
  • fresh lemon juice
  • a tiny drizzle of olive oil
  • kosher salt


I sliced 2 thin pieces of Halloumi cheese off the block and threw them on a non-stick pan with some cooking spray on med-med/high heat. 


Just a few minutes on each side.  Smells like a grilled cheese while it cooks…mmmm.

On with the broccoli

and topped with the caper mix!

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This was delicious!!  The cheese has a really interesting texture.  It gets nice and hot and seared on the outside and has an almost chewy texture…not bad chewy though.  It was salty, cheesy, deliciousness.  I mean come on!  It’s pan fried CHEESE!!

I had a great workout last night consisting of 30min of running and walking on the treadmill before Body Pump!!  I haven’t been in almost a month!!  Craziness.  Regular Body Pumping resumes now :)

Tonight I also did something I haven’t done in ages…have a date with my DVR!! 

  • 2 episodes of Gossip Girl
  • 1 round of 90210
  • and now I’m watching Glee :)

It’s amazing what you can fit in when you fast forward through commercials :)


  1. YUM! A couple of halloumi cheese thoughts:

    1. The kinds you can buy in the middle eastern stores are fantastic.

    2. I sometimes soak mine in water to remove a bit of the salt.

    3. Try eating it on pita with a sliced boiled egg and some tomato slices. yummmmmmm

  2. NICE! What an amazing din din! I love roasted broccoli and add grilled cheese? Perfection! Glad you got some pump in ;)

  3. I use the same brand of Halloumi. I make it almost every weekend! You don't need even need cooking spray...I just put it on the pan and it doesn't stick at all

  4. that looks great! i love brussels sprouts!

  5. I need to have cheese for dinner one night!

    It looks wonderful!

  6. I still have Glee to watch, but am caught up on the other 2. I can't get enough of these silly shows!

    The dish you cooked looks great, I've never had halloumi cheese.

  7. That cheese sounds really amazing. I love the combination of the cheese, broccoli, and sun dried tomatoes.

  8. Hahahaha - lovely post, girl!
    Loved this dinner recipe =)
    Your blog is awesome, by the way! I just found it, but I´m already a fan ;)
    Have an amazing night!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  9. I loooove cheese. I've never seen halloumi cheese before. I'm lame and go for rice and nut alternatives to the dairy. Glad to see something new for me to try!


  10. 你不能和一個握緊的拳頭握手..............................

  11. so glad you liked the haloumi! And for real, we need to talk.. you went to Greece recently? That's where we are going in about 3 weeks! I can't wait! I'm gonna have to send you a note to get some tips!