No BBQ or summer party should be complete without some kind of halloumi dish and these Vegetable and Halloumi Kebabs are our favourite way to serve them. Coated in a flavour bursting Greek marinade, they can be prepared in advance and will wow even your meat eating guests. It’s time we started showing more love for this delicious salty cheese!
We can’t get enough of these Halloumi Kebabs during the summer, and we even make them in the colder months to bring a bit of sunshine in to our life. It’s a great way to use this delicious “squeaky cheese” and a must at any BBQ you are hosting. Don’t just give vegetarian guests a dull veggie burger – wow them with these.
When put under the grill or on the BBQ, the vegetables get nice and crispy, which really changes the flavour. You can get creative and use a variety of different vegetable like some baby corn, red onion or aubergine. These skewers would be great served with some homemade tzatziki.
These skewers are taken to another level with the marinade. Not only is it bursting with flavour, but it’s so easy to make and made with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. A really good quality olive oil is the base, and then some red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme and oregano. Simple and delicious!
BBQ Halloumi Skewers
You can a few different ways on cooking these halloumi skewers. You can throw them in the oven and everything will get cooked, but you won’t get the crispiness on the halloumi. Want that crispy halloumi? Pop them under the grill, turning them every couple of minutes.
If you have the weather for it, then my favourite way to cook these is on the BBQ. Make sure the grill is oiled first, so that the cheese doesn’t stick. But they will go down very well with you BBQ guests who will be fighting over them. A great option for vegetarians too.
What is Halloumi?
If you haven’t had halloumi before, then you are seriously missing out. The semi-hard cheese originated from Cyprus and although it doesn’t taste like much straight from the packet, it tastes amazing once cooked and has a whole different texture.
It can be made from cow, sheep or goat’s cheese, and has quite a salty flavour – which is what we love about it. Because of its high melting point, it’s great for grilling and frying and makes it perfect for these skewers, as it won’t melt off them.
Is Halloumi Healthy?
Halloumi is high in protein and calcium, but it is also high in fat and salt, so keep and eye on portion size. That’s why we like to add cubes to skewers, because you get all the flavour without having to use too much of it.
Can You Make These in Advance?
Yes, and they taste even better when prepared in advance. You can put the halloumi and vegetables in to a bowl with the oil and seasoning, mix well and then leave in the fridge for up to 24 hours. This allows the flavours to really come together. You then just need to thread everything on to skewers when you are ready to cook them.
Ingredients needed to make a Halloumi Kebabs (serves 4)
- 1 block of halloumi, cut in to 16 cubes
- 24 cherry tomatoes
- 1 red pepper, cut in to squares
- 1 courgette, cut in to ribbons
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
How To Make Vegetable and Halloumi Kebabs – Step by Step:
One: Put all of the ingredients in to a bowl and mix well. Put in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Two: Thread on to 8 skewers. If you are using wooden skewers, make sure soak them for at least 30 minutes first, so they don’t burn when cooking.
Three: Put the skewers under the grill for 5-6 minutes, turning every minute.
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Some extra tips for this Halloumi Kebabs:
- If you are using wooden skewers, make sure soak them for at least 30 minutes first, so they don’t burn when cooking.
- These skewers would be great served with some homemade tzatziki.
- If you are cooking for someone that can’t have a meal without meat, then you can thread some chicken on to them. But cooking times will vary.
- You can cook these halloumi skewers under the grill, in the oven or on the BBQ.
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