A question about a recipe: Halloumi and Prosciutto Panini

What is Halloumi Cheese and where can I find some? Sounds good.

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sarah k.
sarah k. February 10, 2012

It is a firm Greek cheese, usually make with goat and sheep milk. It's not crumbly, like Feta, but not soft, like chevre. I think it's traditionally grilled (without oil) in a skillet, and becomes kinda pliable, not so much stringy, like melted mozarella, but boingy and soft. It's pretty salty, so is good in combination with other things. I first had it in a sort of pilaf with couscous and dried apricots. If you've ever ordered saganaki at a Greek restaurant, that's halloumi.

You can find it at Greek or ethnic markets.

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ChefJune
ChefJune February 10, 2012

Actually, Saganaki is not made with Halloumi, it's traditionally made with Kasseri.

Halloumi is native to Cyprus, and is always served grilled. I can't imagine it in a panini with Prosciutto. Both of them are SO salty!

SKK
SKK February 10, 2012

Halloumi can be found at any major grocery chain in the cheese section.

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ChefJune
ChefJune February 10, 2012

then you know something I don't, SKK. I've only found it in specialty cheese shops or in markets in Greek neighborhoods.

SKK
SKK February 10, 2012

Here in Seattle Whole Foods and QFC carries it. Also have seen it at Costco at times.

nrobeyone1
nrobeyone1 February 10, 2012

Try Trader Joe's. You grill it and it remains firm. Serve hot and enjoy!!!!!! It is good with pepper jelly and fruit.

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