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Halloumi Fries

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Listlad, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Listlad

    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Today we visited the iconic town of Southport. Here we spent time in Pleasureland and then listened to some of the Southport Music Festival in the sunshine. There were a number of food vendors and I expected the usual difficulty obtaining lchf friendly food. There was a hog roast stall but that was sold out. I noticed also a vegan stall and there was the usual burger van. I queued at the burger van for my wife and child wondering what I might get for myself and there up for grabs were halloumi fries. So I bought some. Sure enough they were chunky chip size pieces of halloumi cheese served with a sweet chilli dip, spring onion slices and lettuce. It was delicious. I knew the sweet chilli sauce would be suspect but it wasn’t as if there was lots of it, just a desert spoonful at the most. And besides what else was I going to eat except maybe a bunless burger.

    In future it would be great to see halloumi fries being offered and a good idea for home cooking for me in the future.
     
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  2. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Wish my local fish shop sold it, and delivered it. So I don't feel left out.
     
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    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Maybe one day...

    I know some chippers will fry virtually anything. I am wondering about asking in the future.
     
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    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A Halloumi moment is a treat on our European holidays.

    Halloumi fried in olive oil with an onion, tomato and olive oil side salad.

    Cold white wine of course. :cool:
     
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  5. Listlad

    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I have fried halloumi at home sometimes but cannot cut the halloumi down into thin slices as it crumbles. Must be doing something wrong?
     
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    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes.
    Cut thick slices.
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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  8. Listlad

    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    HSSS Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Halloumi is my latest fad. I’m ordering it everywhere and have a good stash in at home. Be careful though as it’s sometimes battered or breaded without menu’s stating that fact. Ask.
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    We had a cheese board with a wire years ago which I had liberated from where I used to work it would cut everything, even a finger if it got in the way.

    It never made the trip south with us for some reason, some one needed it more than us.
     
  11. Listlad

    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Ah. Yes, the fries I had today were straight halloumi.
     
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    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I'm definitely going to experiment with halloumi after reading this!
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I love halloumi fries, thanks for the reminder. I haven’t made them for a while :hungry:
     
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    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, they were very tasty. I was surprised at that and the fact that I was able to buy them from a burger van. I must admit I know nothing about the oil they were cooked in.
     
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    Lots of places do them now. Have done for a while, but maybe that’s a London thing.
     
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    I got some in a restaurant in Birmingham - Handmade Burger Co. They weren’t nearly as nice as the Nando’s grilled halloumi though. Very easy to make your own.
     
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    I have only found them in one of my favourite restaurants in my hometown. Delish. Very filling. Ordered with bunless burger or steak and a side salad. Not adventurous enough to make my own! And haven't come across in the shops although haven't really looked. It feels extra special eating them on a night out as I dont have them elsewhere.
     
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    I am Cypriot and Halloumi is Cyprus's national cheese. I must admit I have never heard of halloumi fries though. Although fried halloumi is quite common (especially with eggs as breakfast). Much more common to grill it as unusually for a cheese it does not melt.
    When young it is soft and s bit rubbery but it hardens as it matures so that it can then be grated like parmesan cheese
     
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    @pavlosn The British will fry practically anything!
     
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    We have found Halloumi fries in quite a few places locally, including pub chains. They've become quite popoular for those eating unrestricted diets too, it appears.

    I have founf the secret to cutting Halloumi and similar textures is to use a thin blade, in fact, I'll tend to us our filleting knife. In my experience using a weightier blade can increase the chances of it crumbling or breaking. @Tipetoo 's idea of a cheese wire would work well too, in my view.
     
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