1 red pepper, halved and de-seeded
1 orange pepper, halved and de-seeded
1 yellow pepper, halved and de-seeded
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp paprika
250g pack of halloumi, drained and cut into 8-10 slices
juice of ½ lemon
70g wild rocket (Arugula)
1. Grill the peppers, skin-side up, under a pre-heated moderate grill, until blackened. Place in a freezer bag and allow to cool slightly, then peel off the skins and chop the peppers into small pieces.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and vinegar, season to taste, then stir into the peppers.
3. Sprinkle the paprika on both sides of the halloumi slices. Lightly brush a griddle pan with oil and heat over a high heat. Add the cheese and griddle for 1-2 minutes each side, until lightly charred and starting to melt. Remove from the heat and squeeze over the lemon juice.
4. Divide the rocket leaves between four plates, arrange the peppers on top, followed by the halloumi, and sprinkle with the pine nuts.
5. Serve immediately, and enjoy!
Nutrition Per Serving
Fat 23g Carbohydrate 8.9g Protein 16.4g Fibre 2.8g
Halloumi is a firm, slightly springy white cheese from Cyprus, traditionally made with sheeps’ milk, although these days mass-produced varieties often use cows’ milk.
In texture, halloumi is similar to a firm mozzarella, making it a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking. Unlike mozzarella, however, it has a strong salty flavour, particularly when preserved in brine.
The best halloumi is made from sheeps’ milk, and will come from Cyprus, although these days you can even find varieties made in Britain.
Halloumi will keep in the fridge for many months if left in its original packaging, complete with brine or whey. Once opened, submerge in salt water and refrigerate.
In the Middle East, halloumi is usually fried or grilled to take advantage of its high melting point. Although halloumi can be eaten straight from the packet, some chefs recommend soaking it in buttermilk for a day or two before preparing, to give it a richer, less salty flavour.
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All the best Jan