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Colourful Veggie Dinner

Root vegetables, Halloumi and Pesto

I love the taste of Cypriotic Halloumi cheese, it’s salty and lovely. It’s made of goat and sheep’s milk, but it can be done on cow milk as well. I use Halloumi very often when cooking dinner as the cheese has a really high melting point so it’s perfect to grill or fry. And the best part is that it’s very simple to prepare, just slice and fry until it gets a golden colour. Complement with vegetables and you have yourself a lovely dinner, if you want to you can even bread it before frying. But don’t get worried over the small green pieces in the cheese, it’s only Mint.
For a laco ovo vegetarian, Halloumi is the perfect dish to bring to a barbecue. Just slice the cheese and grill it. I always bring Halloumi with me on barbecues and people love to try it and they get really surprised that they actually like it.

Here’s a very simple weekday dinner with Halloumi:

    Oven baked root vegetables with fried Halloumi and Pesto

    Oven baked root vegetables
    Beetroot, Potato, Carrot & Parsnip (or your own favourite root vegetables)
    Salt
    Pepper
    Olive oil
    Herbs (choose your favourite)
    Sumac

    Peel the vegetables and cut them in wedges. Combine the vegetables with the oil, salt, pepper and herbs in a oven proof form. Bake in the oven for about 30-40 minutes in 225 degrees C (at least in my present oven which is really bad).

    Fried Halloumi
    1 Halloumi

    Cut the Halloumi in slices and fry in a small amount of butter until it gets golden brown.


    Pesto

    0.5 garlic clove
    3 handfuls of fresh Basil (leaves picked and chopped)
    1 handful of Pine nuts (lightly toasted)
    Sea salt and pepper
    Extra virgin olive oil
    1 good handful of grated Parmesan cheese (I prefer the one that I bought in Rome last summer)

    Mix everything in a food processor, add as much olive oil as wanted. I prefer a less “oily” Pesto.

2 Responses to “Colourful Veggie Dinner”

  1. Pille
    February 3rd, 2006 12:32
    1

    Hi Dagmar – your plate looks delicious and healthy with all those different colours!
    I love fried halloumi cheese – probably the only squidgy food I like:)

  2. Stacey
    February 11th, 2006 20:47
    2

    This looks great. I love Halloumi Cheese! I thankfully live in a Greek neighborhood and find this on menus and in shops everywhere. Well done and happy moving…

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