July 06, 2013

Courgette, Tomato & Halloumi Skewers with Za'atar

We had our first barbecue of the season not long ago, and I’m so in love with summer lunches and long evenings cooking and sharing food outdoors. We’ve kept it simple with these halloumi and vegetable skewers. For those of you who are new to halloumi, this is a Cypriot cheese, traditionally made of a mix of goat and sheep milk, a bit chewy and fantastic to use in cooking. It can be fried until brown without melting, which makes it the perfect partner for barbecues! I rubbed the ingredients in za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice & herb mix. Za’atar can be bought readymade, or you can have a try at making your own. It goes really well in salad or as seasoning for various Mediterranean inspired dishes.

I thought I would do a little round up of some of my favourite ideas for vegetarian cooking on the barbie, to keep you inspired for the summer:
Corn on the cob
• Homemade veggie burgers
• Vegetable skewers
• Grilled & stuffed Portobello mushrooms
• Grilled asparagus
• Charred fennel
• Stuffed peppers
• Bbq baked sweet potatoes
• Pizzas

Have a great summer! x

Courgette, Tomato & Halloumi Skewers – serves 6
• 1 large courgette, cut into crescents
• 200g cherry tomatoes
• 150g halloumi, cubed
• 2tbsp olive oil
• 1tbsp za’atar

1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until the vegetables and cheese are covered in seasoning.
2. Put onto wooden skewers. Place on the preheated BBQ and cook for about 15min, until the vegetables are cooked through, turning the skewers a couple of times throughout.
Tip: dip the wooden skewers in cold water before putting the ingredients on it so that they don’t burn while it’s cooking

Brochettes de Courgettes, Tomates et Halloumi – pour 6 brochettes
• 1 grosse courgette, coupée en demi-lunes
• 200g de tomates cerise
• 150g de halloumi, coupé en cubes
• 2cs d’huile d’olive
• 1cs de za’atar

1. Mettre tous les ingrédients dans un bol et mélanger de façon à ce que les légumes et le fromage soient bien assaisonnés.
2. Enfiler sur des pics en bois. Mettre sur le BBQ préchauffé et cuire environ 15min, jusqu’ ‘à ce que les légumes soient cuits, en tournant les brochettes de temps en temps.
Truc: tremper les pics en bois dans de l’eau froide avant d’y enfiler les ingrédients, de façon à ce qu’elles ne brûlent pas durant la cuisson

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