Halloumi is a semi-hard, unripened, brined cheese from the island of Cyprus and nearby Middle Eastern countries made from goat, sheep and sometimes cow’s milk. The name “Halloumi” comes from the Greek word “almi” meaning brine, essential for its preservation.
Like mozzarella, Halloumi is set with rennet, but unlike mozzarella, no acid-producing bacterium is added. Both are stored in salt-water. Both have a high melting point which means it can be fried or grilled.
Halloumi is mild, yet tangy. It also has long keeping qualities. An unopened package will keep for a year in the refrigerator. Halloumi also freezes well.
This cheese favorite originated on the now divided, Greek/Turkish Island of Cyprus back in the Medieval Byzantine period. In true Greek tradition, Halloumi is often flavored with mint leaves.
Halloumi cheese is rich in protein and calcium.
Breakfast with eggs
Mix with watermelon, other fruits
Mix with vegetables
Other serving ideas: Halloumi Cheese Recipes