14th Jun 2011, by Mary, filed in Recipe, Spice Rack Challenge

Halloumi Kebabs

I’ve loved mint ever since I was a little kid–my grandma used to grow it next to the steps to her front porch, and she taught me to pick a leaf off and chew it for a sweet, minty treat. Still, I had some trouble coming up with something to make for this month’s Challenge, because most of the things I like mint in aren’t really recipes (or at least not complex ones): I like tossing mint leaves into salads for an unusual kick, and I’m fond of mojitos and mint tea, Moroccan-style. I came across slightly under one metric ton of mint ice cream recipes online, but mint ice cream really doesn’t float my boat (and I made ice cream for last month’s Challenge anyway). So, finally, I decided on Grilled Halloumi and Cherry Tomatoes with Mint Pesto–still not terribly complex as recipes go, but definitely a winner. The pesto is more or less just your typical basil pesto recipe, just with half the basil substituted by mint, which gives it a nice, but not overwhelming, mintiness. Mint and cheese may seem like an odd pairing, but halloumi is very mild, almost sweet, with a pronounced saltiness–in any case, I’d liked all the Greek dishes I’d tried previously, so I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, and having tried it, I can say they are definitely¬† on to something. As I was grilling the cheese-tomato kebabs, it occurred to me that if I’d given it sufficient forethought, the pesto would have gone really well with grilled lamb chops, too, or maybe some grilled zucchini and other summer veggies. Oh well–that just gives me an excuse to make it again.


  1. 14/06/2011

    I thought the pork chops went quite well with the pesto and the cheese.

  2. 18/06/2011

    This looks great Mary! Can’t wait to try it.

  3. Steph

    This sounds really tasty; another reason for me to get organised and learn to make different types of cheese… halloumi being at the top of the list.

  4. Mary - Admin

    I didn’t actually make my own cheese for this–my place is pretty small, with no basement or backyard or garage, and a smallish kitchen, so I tend to shy away from really big projects like that. If you do get motivated to make cheese though, I’d love to hear about it!