The two loaves of bread from Foodbuzz and Nature’s Pride was way more then the two of us can handle in one week so we decided to make something else besides the bread cups with shrimp and pork belly. The other idea we had was to make grilled cheese sandwiches.
But of course we couldn’t just make regular grilled cheese sandwiches, but it did inspire us to come up with this recipe of halloumi cheese toast where the bread and cheese is grilled, not just melted in the middle of the toast. Halloumi cheese is cheese originated from Cyprus and is classically made from goat and sheep milk. It has a higher melting point then regular cheese making it for perfect grilling. The texture is similar to mozzarella but has a slight briny and salty taste. So we paired it with toasted Nature’s Pride 12 grain bread and a salsa of tomatoes, Persian cucumbers and mint.
Fried Halloumi Cheese Toast
- 8 oz block of halloumi cheese, cut into 1/4 inch slices
- Nature’s Pride 12 grain bread, cut in rectangles roughly same size as the cheese
- 2 Persian cucumbers, finely diced (if not available, English cucumbers are fine)
- 1 tomato (Roma, diced or multiple cherry tomatoes)
- mint leaves, coarsely chopped
- 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
- 1 small wedge of lemon
- Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
Prep the cucumbers, tomatoes, and mint (or you can even thinly slice the tomatoes and cucumbers without dicing). Make the vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar, lemon and season with salt and pepper to taste. Combine with vegetables and set aside in fridge.
Toast the bread in a small toaster oven and in the mean time, heat a nonstick pan on medium high without oil and fry the cheese until golden brown on each side, about 2 min per side. It may crack a bit when frying, so be gentle when flipping it over. Place on toast and top with salsa and serve immediately.