Monday, 21 February 2011

Halloumi Heaven!

After my lentil addiction last week, I went over to my friend Kathryn's for dinner - she is a vegetarian, although she eats hotdogs (she justifies it by the fact that there is no 'real' meat in them - fair enough i reckon!) and she wanted to cook me her favorite lentil dish and it was delicious, simple and fresh, a perfect friday night in with a glass of white.

The recipe happened to include one of my all time favorite cheeses, the wonderful Halloumi. Its a bit of a strange one Halloumi, if you over or under cook it it will have a rubbery texture that isn't overly pleasant, so you need to make sure you just cook it until lightly golden on both sides!

So....heres how to make Kathryn's Delicious Halloumi and Puy Lentil Salad:

200g Puys Lentils
2 pints of vegetable stock
200g Cherry Tomatoes
1 red onion finely sliced
The juice of 1 lemon
1 bunch Coriander roughly chopped
400g Halloumi

Wash the Puy lentils in cold water then place on the heat and cover with the veg stock. Boil, then reduce to simmer for 25 mins or until soft.

Chop the tomatoes in half and place in a bowl with the sliced onion, lemon juice and half the chopped coriander, mix with hands and set aside.

Cut the halloumi into strips, place in a frying pan with a little olive oil on a medium heat. The halloumi should take about 3 minutes on each side until it is golden brown.

Once the lentils are cooked, add them to the tomato salad and season. Place on a plate with the halloumi spread on top and sprinkle with the remaining coriander.

Fresh, fabulous and filling.

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