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Cypriot fried cheese
1 pkg. (8 oz.) halloumi cheese, cut in 3/8-inch slices
1/2 tsp. olive oil
Garnish for Halloumi Taganito:
Oregano or mint leaves
4-5 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Preheat nonstick skillet over high heat. Place cheese slices on a plate; brush both sides lightly with olive oil to coat. Sear cheese slices in the skillet; one minute on first side and one to two minutes on second side. The cheese should smoke slightly while cooking; it will also soften and form a deep-brown crust. Place fried cheese on a serving plate; garnish with black pepper, oregano or mint leaves, halved cherry tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette.
Note: Halloumi cheese has been produced in Cyprus since Medieval Byzantine (AD 395–1191). The cheese is made from goat and sheep milk; it is rather dry and salty with a strong flavor and is known to melt well. Halloumi can be substituted with Asadero or Queso Blanco Mexican cheeses.
*Halloumi Taganito image (C) Hmioannou (2011). Used under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Similar recipe: Saganaki (Greek Fried Cheese).
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