12-16 pickled vine leaves, rinsed and dried
juice 1 lemon
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or thyme
a sprinkle of paprika and ground black pepper
175 grams halloumi cheese, thinly sliced
1. Rinse the vine leaves in cold water, dip quickly into very hot water and then pat dry on paper towels.
2. Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, herbs and spices together. Cut the cheese into 6-8 even-sized pieces and toss in the lemon juice mixture.
3. Place 2 vine leaves together slightly overlapping each other. Place a piece of halloumi in each leaf and wrap to enclose.
4. Heat a good dash of olive oil in a frying pan or sandwich grill and fry/grill the cheese parcels for 2-3 minutes (each side if frying). Place on a plate and serve drizzled with extra lemon juice and olive oil to serve.
While this is an ancient cheese from the regions of and near Cyprus, it's arrival on our shelves is fairly recent. It may look like feta, but the curd is cooked in hot water before being kneaded and rolled out. Halloumi requires heating to appreciate its nuances and is available plain or minted.