Impress guests with this indulgent sweet and salty summertime appetizer.
Recipes & Styling by Sarah Mccullen | Photographed by Joe Worthem
With a notably high melting point, Mediterranean halloumi cheese makes for a tasty and unique appetizer when fried or grilled. Make it a summer dish by marinating it in local honey before cooking, and serve up the sweet and salty combination as part of a unique, seasonal cheese plate.
2 blocks halloumi cheese
1/3 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme, roughly chopped
Dash of crushed red pepper (optional)
Cut cheese into ½-inch to ¼-inch thick slices.
Stir together honey and lemon zest and juice. Lay cheese slices in shallow dish, and pour honey-lemon mixture on top. Sprinkle with thyme and, if desired, crushed red pepper. Cover and chill at least 4 hours, but overnight is best.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sear cheese slices in hot skillet until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Drizzle with honey, and serve immediately on a platter alongside prosciutto, fresh fruit and hearty bread.
Pair With Wine
Visit the food blog at invitationmag.com/food-blog for a recipe for Honey-Infused Summer Sangria, also pictured.