Almost fancy: Grilled Halloumi

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Think of this as an update to the always-popular baked brie. It’s an easy-to-make snack that delivers a bit of a surprise. Grilled halloumi has a unique, almost ‘bouncy’ texture and pleasantly mild flavour that is elevated by za’atar, a Middle Eastern seasoning blend of dried thyme, toasted sesame seeds and salt. Serve as a quick and easy snack or lunch accompanied by a selection of marinated or fresh vegetables and warm pita breads. Makes enough for snacks for 4.

Grilled Halloumi

8 oz halloumi cheese, sliced in 1/2- inch thick slices
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp za’atar or chopped fresh thyme
Freshly ground pepper
Pita bread

1. Arrange halloumi cheese slices on a well-oiled grill over medium-high heat. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden and just beginning to soften. Turn slices over and grill until outside is golden and nicely marked and inside is warm and soft, 1-2 minutes more.

2. Remove grilled cheese to a platter, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with za’atar or thyme, and freshly ground pepper. 

3. Serve with warm pita bread (to expand the spread, see tip).

Tip: Try serving this snack with treats such as roasted artichoke hearts, ripe olives, roasted red peppers, caper berries, marinated mini cucumbers, radishes or fresh or sun-dried tomatoes. 

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