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Christmas Food: Fried Halloumi with Lemon and Oregano

December 14, 2012

This is a really easy holiday appetizer, quick enough for a crowd but adjustable for dinner for two (or one). You could substitute parsley for the oregano, or add capers if you like. Do not add salt, halloumi is a very salty cheese. Be generous with the lemon, and whatever herbs you choose.

Halloumi with Lemon and Oregano
(serves 4, just double recipe for more – fry cheese in two batches)

1 8oz block halloumi cheese, cut into cubes
juice from 1 lemon
2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
good quality olive oil, for frying (you will taste the olive oil, don’t skimp)

Put 1/4 inch olive oil in small non stick skillet, heat until crackling. Add halloumi, being careful not to crowd the pan – fry in more than one batch if you need to. Turn cheese cubes gently for 2-3 minutes until browned. Drain cheese, put in serving bowl, top with lemon juice and oregano. Toss. Serve.

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