Vegetable Basket Kebab with Halloumi
Having a BBQ doesn’t have to mean endless piles of meat dripping with sauce and charcoal, a vegetable basket full of fresh ingredients, some herbs and flavoured oils could open a world of flavour for yourself and your guests, whether it’s a family or work BBQ.
Take your vegetable basket and BBQ even further with a block of halloumi; a cheese firm enough to hold its shape over the flames. The saltiness of the cheese is a great balance against vegetables like cherry tomatoes or peppers – for this recipe it creates the perfect kebabs, with a substitute for meat.
Preparing these kebabs is simple and takes just a few minutes (handy as your guests will definitely want more throughout the event!), just ensure you have enough vegetables at hand.
- 200g halloumi cheese
- 2 red peppers
- 2 courgettes
- Fresh mint (chopped)
- 1 fresh red chilli
- 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- Cherry tomatoes
Before making any kebabs you should soak your skewers in water, this will stop them burning when cooking.
First all of chop your halloumi into 2cm cubes and use a potato or ‘speed peeler’ to peel the courgettes into ribbons. Chop the peppers and set to all of this to the side.
Next up, chop the chilli as small as possible (wear gloves if you plan on shaking hands or rubbing your eyes!) and pop it into a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and chopped fresh mint. Follow this up by squeezing the lemon from the juice into the bowl.
Add the cherry tomatoes, peppers and halloumi to your oil mix and coat, the best way to do this is keep your gloves on and move the ingredients around.
Now you can start skewering the halloumi, peppers and tomatoes onto your soaked sticks, with each collection of the three separated by a ribbon of courgette.
Pop on the BBQ and turn regularly for 5 or 6 minutes – if you plan on cooking meat then cook these first (or on a separate part of the BBQ), this will help you avoid the after taste of burgers or sausages on your kebabs.
Alternatively, if you’re planning on cooking inside – we all know how unreliable British weather can be! – follow the process above and cook the kebabs in a griddle pan on a medium heat.
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