The blog has been going crazy the last couple of days so a big thank-you to you all for visiting and sharing the page around. Continuing on with my party special is a really simple recipe that I actually picked up at the recent class I did at Sprout Cooking. It combines two of my favourite ingredients: haloumi cheese and dried fruit, in this case dried figs.
They are so easy, so delicious and they were a huge hit with everyone who tried them. The saltiness of the haloumi is offset wonderfully by the sweetness of the fig which caramelises when you cook it. They take less than no time to put together so make them up in advance and then cook on a hot barbecue just before serving. If you’re not cooking for a crowd then just do them in a hot pan with a splash of olive oil. When we made these in class we also made a balsamic glaze to go along with it which I didn’t get a chance to photograph. It is also super easy to make and I’ve included the instructions for you below.
Anyway, I hope you give them a try at your next gathering, I guarantee everyone will love them! Oh, and I picked up the funky bamboo skewers from Pack Mart in the Central Markets. I’ve since seen them sold online as well so they should be relatively easy to come by.
- Haloumi Cheese, cut into 3cm cubes.
- Dried figs, halved
- Bamboo picks or skewers.
- Balsamic glaze:
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbspns honey
- Prepare the haloumi and figs.
- Thread half a fig and then the haloumi cube onto the skewer.
- Cook on a high heat until golden brown and the figs have caramelised.
- Serve immediately.
- For the glaze:
- Cook honey and vinegar together until a syrup forms.
** I haven't put quantities in here because it's not really necessary. Just go with however many you want to make. The skewers come in packs of 50 and 1 small block of haloumi will make about 10-12 skewers**
Be careful of the steam from the vinegar as it boils, it can really make you cough!<h5>