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Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese

 Celebrate World Cup soccer and taste the flavors of Brazil with Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese.

Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese

Has the World Cup Soccer craze hit your house like it has mine?

Even Greta, who prefers HGTV to pretty much anything else on television, is into the World Cup frenzy this summer.

So I decided to make the most of my family’s enthusiasm and tackle a Brazilian-inspired dish for us to enjoy while watching the action. Fortunately I knew just where to go for my flavor inspiration. When we were in Miami for BlogHer Food in May, we learned about the 2014 McCormick® Flavor Forecast. Every year, McCormick gathers information from top foodie sources from around the globe. This latest and greatest intel reflects emerging trends and key cultural influences that are shaping the tastes of tomorrow, including flavors from the home of this year’s World Cup: Brazil. Using an easy-to-make, all-purpose seasoning blend from the Brazilian state of Bahia, I made sure my soccer-loving family never went hungry while watching the latest big match with this Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese.

I mean, c’mon…Can you really go wrong with fried cheese?

Since we can’t be in Brazil to watch the World Cup live, it’s fun to bring a little bit of that country here and experiment with Brazil’s melting pot of flavors from European, African, Asian and Native Amazonian influences. Fried cheese is a traditional snack in Brazil made with queijo coalho (a firm rennet cheese that keeps its shape when heated), perfect for pan frying or grilling and eating on a stick. I used halloumi because it has the same characteristics and is more readily available here in the US. And the salty halloumi cheese is the perfect companion to the lively Bahian spice blend filled with smoky cumin, dried oregano, ground white pepper and finished with a touch of heat from ground cayenne pepper. Add a little olive oil, sear it in a pan and you’re in business.

Perfect party food.

Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese

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Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese
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Recipe type: Appetizers
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Halloumi cheese, cubed
  • 1 teaspoonMcCormick’s recipe for a Bahian Spice Blend* (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat a small cast iron or non stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Mix the olive oil and Bahian seasoning blend in a small bowl. Toss the cubes of Halloumi cheese in the oil and fry for 2 minutes on each side or until browned.
  3. Skewer the cheese and serve immediately.
Notes
McCormick’s Recipe for a Bahian Spice Blend:
1 teaspoon McCormick® Cumin, ground
1 teaspoon McCormick® Oregano Leaves
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Cayenne, ground
1/2 teaspoon McCormick®, White Pepper, ground
Mix all spices together and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

 

28 Comments

  1. Fried and cheese? YES PLEASE! This can only be the yummiest thing ever!
    And great giveaway! Pinned!

  2. Oh, dear… I am Brazilian, and of course my life is on hold during the World Cup… and now, as a naturalized American, I also suffer during the USA games, unfortunaytely they are out..

    love your recipe, indeed I think the use of halloumi cheese is perfect in place of the Brazilian delicacy – big winner here!

    GO BRAZIL!!!!!!!

    • Thanks, Sally! Have fun watching the World Cup this weekend! We will be glued to the set :)

  3. we grill everything…..but I’ve never grilled cheese! Sounds fabulous, can’t wait to try it!

  4. LOVE this!
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  5. Where can I find this cheese? Can I order it on line anywhere?

    • Hi Brandy, Most grocery stores carry Halloumi- so it shouldn’t be hard to find. I’m sure there are also places that sell it online. Let me know if you have problems finding it~ thanks for your note.

  6. I have never grilled cheese, but this looks absolutely delicious!

  7. I am so sad USA is out of the world cup – but love the flavors to take me to Brazil even though I am not there! Yum!

  8. Okay. I was not even hungry until I saw this. Now I am getting in my car and driving 20 minutes to get some halloumi! YUM!

    • Fried Cheese will do that to you :)

  9. I bet these are delicious! Love the seasoning.

  10. Ok, I can’t even say how much I love this! Fantastic pictures!

    • Aw, thanks Lauren!

  11. You can’t go wrong with fried cheese! Love that you brought Brazil to your kitchen!
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    • Thanks for your note, Kelly!

  12. My hubby would LOVE this!!
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  13. The seasonings look so good. Would love to try this with our non-dairy cheese. Yum!
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  14. I love the sound of that spice blend and well halloumi is just awesome!
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  15. Oh my goodness, I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE grilled halloumi cheese! My favorite way to eat it is over big spinach salad.
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    • That? Sounds fabulous! YUM!

  16. I have made fried cheese before and don’t know why I have not seasoned it before, your spices combination sound great! I will try this soon.
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    • You won’t regret it, Melissa! It’s delicious! Thanks for your note :)

  17. Nope you really can’t go wrong with fried cheese. Pinned.
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  18. Those are fantastic looking. I bet they would be a huge hit at my house.

  19. I bet this tasted great! I’ll definitely have to give it a try because we love our fried cheese around here! ;)

    • Hard to go wrong with fried cheese :)

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