My friends Baghwant and Sahar were visiting me this weekend and it was a great weekend of feasting and learning about new foods and cooking techniques for me. Thanks Baghwant! One of the first things I learned about was this delicious cheese called Halloumi. From Cyprus, it’s a semi-hard, unripened brined cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, sometimes adding cow’s milk as well. It’s even better if you can find the “light” version! I know a lot of you don’t eat cheese on the Dukan Diet but I have to tell you I was completely successful eating it the first time, trying to find as low fat cheeses as possible, and I made my goat weight on time. When I add cheese to my recipes, aside from them being low fat, I make sure that the other ingredients and the protein are as low fat as they can be.
With that said, cheese is one of my choices to make this lifestyle work for me. You may find other things that you can’t live without. At any rate, for those who are eating cheese, these are fabulous!! You can fry and grill this cheese too. It’s wonderful with eggs as I had them on an omelette this weekend!
HALLOUMI CHEESE MEATBALLS
1 lb ground turkey breast
1 egg white
2 T oat bran
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1 small serrano pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
2 oz Halloumi cheese, small-cubed
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl using hands, careful not to handle too much. Form 15 large meatballs and cook at 400 for 20 minutes.