Now the weather is starting to get better there is nothing holding you back to have a BBQ in your back garden with your friends and family. We always like try new things and treat our guests to delicious food from the BBQ. We had never tried these BBQ Grilled Halloumi Cheese Caprese Skewers, but they are already one of our favourites. The combination of the cheese, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, basil and bread are just a very delicious combination of flavours.
BBQ Grilled Halloumi Cheese Caprese Skewers
- Preheat the bbq to about 200 degrees Celcius
- If using wooden skewers, place in a bowl or shallow plate filled with 1 inch of water and soak for 20 minutes. If using metal skewers, set aside
- Bring balsamic vinegar to medium heat in a small saucepan and cook for 20 minutes or until reduced by half. The vinegar is just right when it coats the back of a spoon. Cover with a lid and keep warm.
- In another small saucepan, add the extra virgin olive oil and the garlic cloves and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until the oil becomes fragranced with garlic. Remove from heat and brush both sides of the bread slices with the garlic infused oil. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes.
- Thread the skewers starting with a cube of bread, then cheese, then tomato and a basil leaf and repeat another time, ending with a cube of bread. Repeat with the rest of the skewers.
- Give each skewer another generous dab of the olive oil and then a sprinkle of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Place skewers on grill bbq rack and cook for 8 minutes or so, turning skewers every 30 seconds to 1 minute as the tomatoes begin to blister and the bread starts to toast and all sides are cooked evenly.
- How do you keep halloumi from breaking on the BBQ?
If the halloumi is sliced too thin, you run the risk of it breaking apart as you slice it and getting very uneven pieces to grill. Place all the halloumi slices into a dish in a single layer and drizzle with a light coating of olive oil. Season with pepper and a light dusting of salt.
- Can you eat uncooked halloumi?
Originating from Cyprus, halloumi is a semi-hard, un-ripened, brined cheese that can be made from cow, sheep or goat's milk. It can be eaten raw but is truly delicious cooked, having a high melting point, makes it an excellent choice for grilling or frying.
- Is grilled halloumi good for you?
Halloumi is high in protein and calcium, both of which could promote bone health. Studies also show that high fat dairy products may be linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Can you eat halloumi when pregnant
Halloumi is on the list of safe cheeses to eat while pregnant as long as it is made from pasteurised milk.