Celebrate World Cup soccer and taste the flavors of Brazil with 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.
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Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese
- 8 ounces Halloumi cheese, cubed
- 1 teaspoonMcCormick's recipe for a Bahian Spice Blend* (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Heat a small cast iron or non stick pan over medium heat.
- 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.
- Skewer the cheese and serve immediately.
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.