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Halloumi

Halloumi

Halloumi is a Cypriot firm, brined, slightly springy white cheese, traditionally made from a mixture of goat and sheep milk, although these days cow’s milk is also used. Its texture is similar to that of mozzarella or thick feta, except that it has a strong, salty flavor imbibed from the brine preserve. Cooking the Halloumi removes all its saltiness and empowers it with a creamy texture.

Since the cheese has a high melting point, it can be easily fried or grilled. Its unusualness lies in the preparation of the cheese where no acid or acid-producing bacterium is required.

Halloumi is generally served during the warmer months with watermelon, due to its refreshing qualities. It is an essential part of a Cyprus Meze and many a times it is offered as an accompaniment with cold beer. The cheese also tastes lovely when grilled, pan-fried or thinly sliced on a salad.

Other cheeses from Cyprus: Kefalotyri

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To hot to cook today, a simple salad with baked halloumi (cypriot cheese) will do 😅 pic.twitter.com/qmpemsqJOl
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This is how we do watermelon in #Cyprus with halloumi cheese. Don't question it until you try! pic.twitter.com/eU3XOeec85
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Gifts from Cyprus - halloumi cheese and soutzioukos as a desert. Thanks, Chris! Best Cyprian diner in this weather :) pic.twitter.com/kUGUs2BsTu
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Halloumi cheese at this time was an amazing idea pic.twitter.com/ksILRv1DvH
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Halloumi cheese has a high melting point which makes it perfect for grilling #Foodfacts #Cookingtips pic.twitter.com/tOupyHT9eA
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@NandosUK yet I asked for chicken! I also wasn't given my halloumi cheese. Not a happy bunny! Won't be back! pic.twitter.com/GdDYNnclcy
 
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