Normally I shudder when I think of making something vegetarian. It leaves me wondering how anyone can live without meat.
Halloumi nuggets hit the vegetarian spot
That doesn't mean I can’t whip up a mean vegetarian dish. But it must have flavour -- and that's where this dish comes into play.
It showcases halloumi, a semi-hard, unripened, brined cheese made from a mixture of goat and sheep milk, and sometimes also cow's milk.
Cypriot famers relied on halloumi as a source of protein and in many villages, the entire community would join forces and make huge batches together. Recipes varied from village to village, with each taking great pride in their special technique and secret ingredients.
Halloumi became so important to village life that even the surnames of many Cypriot families reflect their role in its production, with names such as Hallumas, Halluma and Hallumakis common by the 19th century.
Now that we know a little of halloumi's origins, let's look at making something delightful with it.
Halloumi nuggets with tomato chilli jam
Serves: 4-6 (depending on the appetite of your guests) | Qty: 24 nuggets
Tomato Chilli Jam
Your tomato chilli jam is ready
And there you go, you have something that is delicious and a sure-fire substitute to those McNuggets. You can serve these with the tomato chilli jam, some relish, salad or any additional sauce.
These go well with any type of sauce that you choose. My personal favourite is mayonnaise.