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Yukon Gold Potatoes, Roasted Green Chiles and Heber Valley Halloumi

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I’ve heard, though it’s not my recent personal experience, that state fair food vendors have gone wild. Forget corn dogs. These days you can sample even more than deep-fried ice cream and brownies. Deep fried-watermelon anyone?

How about Thanksgiving dinner—turkey, stuffing and creamed corn fried in a ball? I wonder if there is a carnival food truck that deep-fries halloumi.

Hear that fair food vendors? You could be the first! Halloumi cheese can handle the heat.

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It’s not as if this trendy cheese was just invented. Mediterranean peasants have been enjoying the firm goat and sheep milk cheese with for centuries.

Worldly foodies are long in the know, I’m simply late to the party. I’ve read about halloumi and I’ve come across recipes, thinking I should try it, but it was only this summer that I finally got around to grilling halloumi.

Kalyn over at Kalyn’s Kitchen convinced me. It was her recipe for Grilled Halloumi Cheese, Mushrooms and Sweet Onion Skewers  that sent me shopping for the unusual cheese.

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I have yet to try her kebabs. For my first go, I brushed halloumi with basil pesto sauce and grilled it alongside some par-boiled potatoes.

The next week I took Robbie to dinner at Deer Valley Grocery~Café. There it was on the tapas menu. Halloumi, pan-seared, arranged on top of tangy sherry “tar.” With Spanish Marcona almonds that were gooey with Slide Ridge Honey and sprinkled with fresh thyme.

The cheese was local, from just over the hill. Heber Valley artisanal Juustoleipa cheese is a Northern European version of grillable cheese, made from cow’s milk. I think the local cheese is sweeter and more creamy than imported halloumi. I found Heber Valley Juustoleipa in the same section as Greek halloumi at the market, three blocks from our house.

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Yukon gold potatoes came in Ranui’s CSA box this week. New Mexican Hatch chiles are abundant right now and became part of today’s recipe. The cheese is a creamy contrast for the mild green chiles and spiced potatoes.

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