Halloumi Cheese – Making, Nutrition Values & Recipes

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From the very first bite of your breakfast salad in the morning to the very last ingredient to garnish your healthy dinner recipe, cheese in an indispensable item in numerous daily household all around the world. You may want to include cheese in your daily diet as it is very filling and makes your diet wholesome or may you love cheese for its taste and how it enhances the flavor of any dish it’s prepared with.

But with a plethora of varieties available out there you might be scratching your head looking for that one particular variety which is just the right combination of taste along with the correct nutritional value.

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Well if so is the case, I can definitely assure you that you are in the right place! Out of the numerous varieties of cheese that I have tasted and devoured over the years, there’s one cheese that I relish the most- The Halloumi Cheese.

What is Halloumi Cheese?

The origin of this cheese takes it back to the small Greek Island of Cyprus and dates back to the medieval phase of Byzantine era. But now in modern times, this partly firm in build & yummy cheese is available all over the globe.

The Halloumi Cheese is prepared with goat and cow cheese mixture and is a great choice of cheese that can be grilled and added to the dish or can be taken in raw form also.

The Halloumi cheese is said to be better and fresher as per the traditions if it’s wrapped in leaves of mint. Accordingly one can find mint leaves bits on the Halloumi cheese. The semi firm base of the Halloumi cheese makes it firm even at most temperatures.

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The Halloumi cheese is usually white with a unique overlaid texture, very much like mozzarella and also, has a salty flavor. It is put in storage in its natural nectars with salt water. This process of being packed up with salt also allows the cheese to be preserved for a long time – almost for a year. The cheese has a very nice texture which is not very chewy while eating hence it feels delightful in the mouth besides your taste buds!

As I said earlier about this cheese is a perfect combination of taste and health benefits, the Halloumi cheese is packed with a good level of calcium, so it makes the cheese a good choice for a healthy diet. But then again the salt content in this cheese may be of some concern to those with blood pressure issues. Again the low level of carb in the Halloumi cheese can be an excellent choice for those of you who are maintaining a low carb including diet plans.

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The typical contents in a Halloumi Cheese of 100 grams comprise of:

  • Fat up to 26.9 grams
  • Energy 336-kilo calories
  • Protein up to 21.2 grams
  • Salt 2.8 grams
  • Carbohydrate up to 2.2 grams

Halloumi cheese is an ideal ingredient to be fried and even to be deep fried and added to most of the recipes. The semi firm build and texture of this wonderful cheese doesn’t melt during frying or grilling processes – thanks to its above than average melting point!

Halloumi’s melting point makes this cheese a very versatile cheese. It can be eaten in many ways. Halloumi cheese is delicious even if not cooked. You can use chunks of grilled Halloumi as an alternative to other forms of protein like meat. Or you can have your fried or grilled Halloumi with fried bacon very much in the traditional way, like the Cypriots.

As it is it has fat up to 26.9 grams per 100 grams of cheese, if used as a fried side dish, it will add up to your fat quotient along with enriching your appetite. Alternatively to frying or grilling your Halloumi, you can slice into a thick quarter of an inch – slices and toss it in your salad or use its slices in your breakfast sandwich. To help you further I include a delicious recipe where you can use Halloumi Cheese in your morning healthy breakfast salad.

As it is it has fat up to 26.9 grams per 100 grams of cheese, if used as a fried side dish, it will add up to your fat quotient along with enriching your appetite. Alternatively to frying or grilling your Halloumi, you can slice into a thick quarter of an inch – slices and toss it in your salad or use its slices in your breakfast sandwich. To help you further I include a delicious recipe where you can use Halloumi Cheese in your morning healthy breakfast salad.

Who doesn’t want to have a quick menu on the go that is prompt to make and is full of all the nutrients and also actually really simple to make? This recipe that I’m sharing with you is one easy way to start your day with and also fill your energy share for your entire day. Taken from BBC’s blog of good food, this recipe uses the Halloumi cheese as the star of the dish along with a gluten free seed that tastes like a grain. The Quinoa ( spelled Keen-wah) takes this dish to a whole another level.

Taken from BBC’s blog of good food, this recipe uses the Halloumi cheese as the star of the dish along with a gluten free seed that tastes like a grain. The Quinoa ( spelled Keen-wah) takes this dish to a whole another level.

Quinoa Salad (Gluten-Free) with Grilled Halloumi

Requirements- servings for three:

 

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 sliced red onion, (small)
  • 1 pepper, roasted (large)
  • dry quinoa 8 ounces
  • vegetable stock 1cup (large)
  • parsley – one little flat-leaf bunch and coarsely chopped
  • lemon juice and The zest of one lemon
  • 1 large dash of sugar
  • Sliced halloumi cheese, 6 ounces cut into 10 shares

Method:

Take a medium sized pan and heat one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Stir the onion and roasted pepper till soft. Cook further for about three mins after adding Quinoa. Add the vegetable stock and cover the pan with a lid. Allow the Quinoa to simmer in till soft, for about 15 mins. Add half of the parsley and stir.

Meanwhile, you can switch on the grill and preheat it. As your quinoa simmers, prepare you dressing by mixing lemon juice and the zest with the rest of parsley and oil. Then adding the dash of sugar and salt.

When the grill has been preheated, grill the halloumi cheese on both sides till they are crispy brown. Serve the grilled Halloumi with the salad, overflowing with the dressing.

Per serving nutrition values of the dish has:

Calories: 6.03

Protein (grams): 28

Fat (grams): 37

Carbohydrates (grams): 40

Fiber (grams): 1

Do comment below your best Halloumi Cheese recipes and method of making.

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