The idea of taking my favourite cheese, covering it in flour and sesame, and then pan frying it to perfection was almost too much excitement to handle this weekend. I'd seen the recipe in Chatelaine and wanted to try it out as an appetizer because, who knows, maybe I'll serve it for Christmas this year. My family is half Middle-Eastern so I know it would be a big hit.
One word to the wise, though. Make sure if you are serving these crispy little cubes before supper that you eat light afterwards. I ate my share of these bites and then was unable to touch my dinner. Fried cheese is delicious but filling as heck. This popular cheese from Cyprus has a high melting point which makes it ideal for heat. Serve with a bit of drizzled honey or honey on the side to cut the saltiness. We paired these bites with a nice white wine from Galillee.
Sesame-Covered Halloumi Bites -recipe adapted from Chatelaine
I pckg of Halloumi cheese, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup of sesame seeds or enough to coat your pieces
1/2 cup of flour or enough to coat your pieces
A generous amount of sesame oil to coat frying pan
2-3 tbsp of honey to serve
1- Prepare cut cheese on one plate. Prepare another small plate with flour, and one with sesame seeds.
2-in a shallow bowl, crack your egg and beat lightly. Take your pieces of cheese, one by one, and coat in flour. After coating in flour, dip each piece of cheese into the egg and then coat in sesame seeds.
3-Once all pieces are generously coated in both flour and sesame seeds, heat your oil on medium heat and pan-fry the pieces until golden brown on all sides. This process should take a couple of minutes only. Pieces should look crisp but not burnt.
4-Serve with drizzled honey, or your choice of dipping sauces. If you have any left over you can also serve in a salad. Enjoy!