Grilled Haloumi in Fig Leaves with Meyer Lemon Relish


This recipe is a great way to use fig leaves. If you aren't growing them in your backyard, you can substitute pickled grape leaves. Find them at a specialty grocer or online.

8 ounces Haloumi cheese

2-4 fig or grape leaves, depending on size

2 skewers, soaked in water for 10-15 minutes

3 Tablespoon Meyer Lemon Relish 
1 teaspoon Peperoncini + Pimenton salt 

Toasted crostini bread rounds 

Rinse and dry the leaves. Lay them out flat and overlap them to make a nice bedding for the cheese. Place the cheese in the middle of the leaves. add 1 Tablespoon Meyer lemon relish {Sometimes I like to add a pinch of crushed peperoncini chili flakes.} Fold the leaves over the cheese, like making a package. Secure the leaves by threading the skewers through the leaves and cheese on opposite ends.  

Place on the grill and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the leaves are nicely charred and the cheese is very soft.

 Place cheese on a platter, remove the skewers and open up the leaves. Top with the remaining
 Meyer Lemon Relish. 

Buon appetito! copyright 2011 Alisa Barry

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