What Is Halloumi Cheese?

Halloumi (which is sometimes spelled “haloumi” or “hallomi,” but we’re going with the more common spelling, if you don’t mind) is a semi-soft cheese with a stretchy, rubbery texture similar to that of fresh mozzarella. Halloumi may be on the tip of your tongue when listing off your favorite cheeses, but it absolutely should be! Allow us to expand your fromage horizons.

Where is halloumi cheese from?

Halloumi is a Mediterranean cheese made principally in Cyprus from sheep or goat milk (or sometimes even a mixture of the two). It’s made very similarly to another Mediterranean staple, feta cheese

What does halloumi cheese taste like?

Halloumi is often described as mellow, but don’t think for a minute that this cheese is boring. It is vaguely feta-like, notably tangy, and not too strong. This cheese is great for those with delicate palettes, it has just enough flavor without getting into stinky cheese territory. A perfect “middle of the road” cheese if ever there was one! The real appeal of halloumi, though, is its texture. When you bite into it, it often produces a squeaking sound as it rubs against your teeth (much like fresh cheese curds). 

How to eat halloumi cheese?

Halloumi can be sliced (for a simple snack or charcuterie boards), chopped up (for a salad), or melted into a sandwich. But halloumi is unlike most other cheeses in that it can be grilled—not in a grilled cheese sandwich but on its own, directly on the grill grates. It holds its shape and gets a crispy crust on the outside while becoming just a bit gooey on the inside. It’s also used in saganaki, a Greek dish of fried halloumi. 

Can you eat halloumi cheese raw?

Halloumi can be eaten raw or cooked. Its high melting point makes it an excellent choice for grilling or frying, but don’t stop that from allowing yourself to simply eat it as is. There’s no bad way to eat it, so long as you don’t miss your mouth! 

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Joe Rumrill

Joe Rumrill is a fictional one-eyed spinach-loving sailor created in 1929 by E.C Se- Wait, no, that's not right... Joe Rumrill is a stand up comedian and writer currently based in Los Angeles. His favorite thing about food is a close tie between the taste and the nutrients one gets from it. His least favorite thing about it is the "gritty, dirt-like quality some food has", but he's most likely referring to the time in third grade he was dared to eat playground sand.

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