Years ago I once had a 1 1/2 year long phase in which I was living as a vegetarian. In exactly this phase I visited the Family in Lebanon, because my sister got married. I was actually very happy culinarily, because the Lebanese kitchen contains a lot of vegetarian and vegan dishes. But once you start barbecuing, you can forget it as a vegetarian and have to be content with the delicious salads. Until I showed my family that you can make perfect barbecue skewers from Halloumi.
” What? You don’t eat meat?!” came bubbling out of my aunt. She was visibly irritated and stared into the air for a few seconds and replied “No problem, I’ll do it with chicken” before she wanted to go back to work. I shook my head. “But it is chicken! Aren’t you going to eat that anymore? No?! Would you rather have fish?”
Halloumi skewers are the perfect alternative to grilled meat
When we wanted to have a barbecue one day, I went on an express purchase in the shop next door and came back with some Halloumi. “Ah, would you like to wrap a bride in Halloumi and cucumber?” In Arabic, that’s actually what they say when someone makes a wrap with flat bread. I didn’t want a wrap. I told her it would make skewers. She smiled. When I finished the Halloumi skewers, she smiled again, patted my head and put them directly on the other skewers – the ones with meat. Wonderful!
Recipe for BBQ Halloumi skewers
- Small skewers
- 250 g Halloumi
- 1/2 Zucchini
- 100 g Cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Pinch of Za'atar
- Carefully cut Halloumi into cubes. The cubes should be approximately the same size as the cherry tomatoes.
- Halve the zucchini lengthwise and then cut into finger-thick cuttings.
- Carefully place Halloumi, tomatoes and zucchini on the skewers one after the other. Be careful: Halloumi tends to break.
- Brush the Halloumi skewers with a little olive oil and grill them on the barbecue from all sides for about 1 minute. Then sprinkle with a pinch of Za'atar.