Happy new year fellow foodies
This may seem odd to some of you, but cheese, sesame and honey really go well together. Halloumi is a cheese from Cyprus and should be available at Middle Eastern stores, Farmboy, Superstore and Sobeys. This kind of cheese doesn’t melt to a liquid like mozzarella, but you can grill, fry or bake this cheese without it losing much of its shape.
One package Halloumi cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Mix sesame seeds with cayenne pepper and lightly toast in a dry pan over medium heat, tossing for a few minutes and set aside–careful not to burn the seeds. Slice halluomi cheese into 4 equal pieces and brush each side with olive oil. Prepare BBQ or grill pan for high heat and lay slices of cheese on grill and cook 3 minutes per side until cheese starts to melt and have nice golden char marks on each side. Remove cheese to a plate, drizzle with honey and sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds so they will stick to the honey coated cheese. You can serve this as an appetizer, dessert or even a side dish. Accompany this with toasted bread, wilted greens or sauteed cabbage. (future post)
I find this will pair well with a dry white wine, rosé or even some sweet wines should go well also.