Monday, October 02, 2006

Flatbread with Mint, Tomato and Halloum Cheese with too much information.

Two Saturdays ago I was in a funk. (This is the too much information part.) I spent the morning laying facedown on the couch, blocking out everything in the world but the sounds of The Food Channel. (I know! I think I was more depressed than I realized.) I resisted all of Scotts efforts to cheer me up or even to get me to move off the couch until Nigella came on. I perked right up when she made her Halloumi and Tomato Flatbread.

That's what I want for dinner, I announced. And so it was.According to my "The Complete Encyclopedia of Cheese" Halloum (the books version on the spelling) is a very popular cheese from South-East Europe. It is fairly firm in texture with a taste similar to feta which means salty. My book says it is not a cheese to be eaten on it's own, but is best for broiled or oven baked dishes.

Nigella grilled hers on the barbecue; her recipe is in her Forever Summer Cookbook.

This is my version. I don't think you need a recipe, just guidelines.

Flatbread with Mint Tomato and Halloum Cheese

For each flatbread you'll need

about 1 medium tomato, diced
2 or 3 pinches of dried mint
handful of halloum cheese, crumbled
flatbread of your choice.

Preheat your broiler. Place the flatbread on a baking sheet. Spread the tomato over the flatbread and sprinkle with the mint. Top with cheese and broil until the flatbread and cheese start to lightly brown. The cheese will not melt.
Serve straight away.


peasantwench said...

Where do you get such a neat cheese?

Lea said...

Oh I've had days like those!

And that pizza looks fab! I've been wanting to try my hand at pizza making, I'd better get on it!

Wonder if I could even find that cheese around here.... hmmmm...

Sara said...

pw - I got it from Superstore. Shocked the hell out of me that they had it.

lea - if you can't find it, it tastes a lot like feta, it just has a firmer texture.