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Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

This recipe is for Allie, who brought the Heaven that is Halloumi cheese into my life.

It's no secret that I have an intense love for Bruschetta. I crave it in the Summer and really prefer to make my own - fresh, bright, quick and an easy to use up all of those Summer veggies, who could say no? 

A few weekends ago, I learned that there is a cheese from Cypress that is specifically meant for grilling. Halloumi is briny, salty and a bit like feta but with the texture of a mozzarella. It holds it's shape when grilled (or fried in a pan) and doesn't get gooey - you can slice it for salads, sandwiches or, in this case, bruschetta! I simply cannot recommend this recipe enough - it's super easy and would really be impressive on a charcuterie board with prosciutto and olives. You can adapt the recipe to serve as many as you like but this version will happily serve two adults for a meal or 4 who are snacking (or just me after I spent the afternoon photographing it). 

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

1/2 block of Halloumi  cheese 
1 cup San Marizano tomatoes, diced 
1/4 cup red or white onions - I use a mix of both
1/8 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 baguette baguette, sliced
Balsamic Glaze to drizzle

combine tomatoes, onions, basil, olive oil and vinegar in bowl
mix and set aside

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

brush bread slices with olive oil, place on sheet of tin foil

Place block of Halloumi on a hot grill (either directly or on tin foil)
sliced bread on hot grill

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

watch both - cheese should only take 2-3 minutes per side on the grill (I do all 4 sides)
flip bread slices, grill until brown

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

Once browned, immediately slice the Halloumi cheese, 

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

 place on grilled bread slice

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

 and top with the bruschetta mixture using a slotted spoon or fork.

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

Garnish with Balsamic Glaze

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

Serve warm

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

Grilled Cheese Bruschetta

Seriously, I'm betting this will be the new number one recipe your friends beg you to make!

Linking Up with Kristy for the A Little Bird Told Me link up 

Stephanie [Olive and Tate]
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  1. Good lord this is my love language. Never heard of this cheese and I am a serious cheese lover so I will be looking into it asap!!

  2. This looks amazing! We usually do the exact same thing except with feta... but I need to try this cheese. TJ's, here I come!

  3. My family is from Cyprus and we always bring back pounds of Haloumi and keep it in the freezer. So glad people are starting to experience its deliciousness :) Also try it grilled with fresh good!!

  4. Pardon me while I wipe the drool off my of keyboard....:)

  5. I love Bruschetta! I can't wait to try this unique variation. Just wanted to stop by to let you know that I'm featuring this at our weekly link party.

  6. These look delicious, girlfriend! And they definitely make me think that I can replicate this in my own kitchen. Pinning! Thanks for sharing in our link party! Xoxo

    1. Oh, and you were one of my features, too! ;)


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