Cheese…On the Grill!

by on April 20, 2011

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I couldn’t resist the chance to fire up my parents’ grill while we were visiting in Arizona over spring break last week. The weather was in the 80s, which is just balmy for the desert. Since we’re continuing to celebrate Grilled Cheese Month here on Panini Happy, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go ahead and grill some cheese.

Halloumi Cheese

Have you tried halloumi cheese? It’s one of a number of “grilling cheeses” out there, with a high melting point that allows you to easily fry or grill it. It’s a traditional cheese of Cyprus, typically made from a combination of goat’s and sheep’s milk. It’s on the salty side – kind of reminds me of feta, but firmer and malleable.

I found an incredibly simple, flavorful Grilled Halloumi and Lemon recipe from Gourmet with grilled lemons and a lemon-garlic-olive oil marinade. The lemons really seemed to mellow out the saltiness. The bite of the lemons themselves was also mellowed from the grilling process as well as a tiny bit of sugar in the marinade. I gave the dish a little sprinkle of oregano to finish it off. Talk about fresh tasting “grilled cheese”!

Now, I should mention that the grill got a little hotter than I’d intended so the cheese stuck to the grates a bit. I’m sure all I’ll need to do next time is brush some extra olive oil onto the grates before grilling and turn the heat down some. I’ll definitely be making this again soon!

Grilled Halloumi and Lemon

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1 sara April 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Ooooh, this looks fantastic! I had this cheese once several years ago and really liked it, but for whatever reason I have never tried it again…this is good inspiration to do so! Yum.
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2 Alison April 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I love grilled cheese. Or I should say cheese that has been grilled (or pan fried for that matter). Love this idea. It’s a deconstructed panini!
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3 June April 21, 2011 at 5:18 am

I honestly haven’t tried grilled cheese all my life. Why? Because I am lactose intolerant! But this? They are beautiful. I can stare at them all day and not get hungry. I just wish I can eat them too. Thanks for sharing!
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4 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 21, 2011 at 7:19 am

I love grilled halloumi cheese! Now you have me craving that!

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5 Cookin' Canuck April 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Fantastic, Kathy! I adore grilled halloumi cheese, but haven’t made it for ages. Thanks for the inspiration.

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6 Jennifer (Savor) April 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Are you trying to tease me? I gave up cheese for lent. Only a few more days

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7 Kathy April 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I applaud your commitment – April is the month when I eat *more* cheese than ever. :)

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8 kellypea April 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I’ve tried it once and loved it. I don’t see it in too many of the markets here, but it is showing up more frequently than it used to. It sounds fabulous with the grilled lemon.

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9 Kathy April 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

They’ve got it in the Whole Foods in UTC!

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10 Brenda @MealPlanningMagic April 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

This looks delicious–my stomach is grumbling! Where do you find the Halloumi? Have you seen it somewhere besides WF? I can go there but it’s kind far from me. Can’t wait to try it!
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11 Kathy April 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Well, I also found it at a high-end grocery store in Arizona. I haven’t actually looked for it besides there and Whole Foods – you might just look in the specialty cheese section of your local grocery store, it just might be there.

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12 Liz V. April 24, 2011 at 6:07 am
13 Elizabeth Simes April 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Haloumi is by far one of God’s greatest gifts!

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14 Gaby April 25, 2011 at 11:26 am

really there isn’t anything better than cheese that is grilled. I could eat pounds and pounds of it and be one happy camper!!

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15 Megan April 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I’ve never tried those grilling cheeses but maybe I should. This is sure the month to celebrate grilled cheese! ;)

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16 Julia @ DimpleArts April 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I’ve never heard of halloumi cheese until recently. Seems everyone knew about it but me.
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17 John Valenty June 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Looks good. I wonder if mozzarella would work as well?

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