Fig and Haloumi
Figs and haloumi go together like a good fruit and cheese… wait… well it’s true, how great is a fruit and cheese combo?! The possibilities are endless but rather than defaulting to the store bought cheese wheel rolled in apricot and nuts, lets make this a little more fabulous and definitely more appealing to the eye. It’s got everything you’d want in a starter or savoury dessert – sweet, salty, toasty roasty flavours all perfumed with herbaceous earthy oregano, aromatic orange blossom and all the tones and warmth reminiscent of a renaissance still life painting. Oh, yeah! I went there, this fig and haloumi plate is that satisfying, in both its simplicity of method and complexity of flavours and textures.
This is definitely a special one to whip out for guests, it’s quick, delicious and quite impressive!
Haloumi and Figs
- 250g haloumi
- 100g hazelnuts
- 25g orange blossom water
- 100g Honey
- 1 bunch fresh oregano, leaves only
- 8 medium figs
- Slice haloumi into 3-4mm slices.
- Preheat grill to medium-high.
- Heat honey and orange blossom water in a small saucepan to a gentle simmer, ensuring thoroughly mixed.
- Grill haloumi turning once, ensure high enough heat to gain good grill marks.
- Slice half the figs in lengthways quarters and the remaining in 5mm discs.
- In a dry fry pan, gently toast hazelnuts, shaking regularly to prevent burning.
- Present halmoui and figs on a plate; sprinkle over hazelnuts and oregano leaves before drizzling over honey mixture.
Honey plus figs in this recipe are both high in natural sugars. Depending on the individual, you may experience blood sugar spikes or other uncomfortable symptoms. Once again, you need to do what is right for you and your body, eat what makes you thrive. The fat and protein in haloumi and nuts in this recipe may counteract this effect slightly. So, please eat with caution if you have diabetes or any other endocrine or insulin concerns.
You could substitute the figs for pear, grapes, or blackberries depending on the season.
There should be limited waste from this dish, but fig tips could be put into compost or chicken feed.
Health and Lifestyle Notes
- Grain free
- Gluten free
- Refined sugar free