Grilled Halloumi is a tad trendy for sure, but that’s OK because Halloumi, a semi-hard, unripened brined cheese, made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, is so versatile it’s a perfect on hand item for a Hamptons weekend quick meal or appetizer. It can easily be fried or grilled and paired with just about anything.
Like flatbreads or pizzettes, you can easily make it your own by accompanying it with nearly any dipping condiment. But like anything else, it needs to be the best quality. You can find authentic Halloumi cheese from a Turkish supplier or Hampton Fruit and Vegetable Stand on 436B Montauk Highway, East Quogue. Also, try Shady Acres (Hudson Valley) Raspberry and Jalapeno Jam from Good 141 West Main Street in Westhampton Beach. It’s a pairing we love. These two tasty products might not have intended to meet, but I think they work perfectly together! This hors d’oeurve is simple enough to be in everyone’s repertoire as we’re all grill masters at some point over the summer.
Just cut small slabs of this firm cheese and skewer it using 6 in. wooden skewers from the grocery store, then drizzle olive oil on both sides. Put it straight onto the grill or use a cast iron grill pan on top of the cooking grids. You’ll see the cheese start to soften, that’s when it’s ready. Arrange your skewers on a platter with the warmed jam in the center or the condiment of your choice. Now you’ve got delicious salty, slightly sweet and a tad spicy small bites-perfect for pairing with everything from your favorite Wolfer Rose to any of our locally crafted beers.
It doesn’t get easier than this. Procured in the Hamptons and just different enough to wow guests at cocktail hour, that’s what makes this unassuming cheese top the list this week for Coastal Concierge’s Things We Love.