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Grilled Halloumi with Watermelon and Basil-Mint Oil

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by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Bon Appétit July 2011
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Romulo Yanes

Firm, salty Halloumi is our favorite cheese for grilling. Find it in better supermarkets and at vineandtable.com.

Per serving: 456 calories, 37 g fat, 21 g carbohydrates
Nutritional analysis provided by Bon Appétit

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint plus thinly sliced mint for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more for brushing
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 1 8-9-ounce package Halloumi cheese, cut crosswise into 8 slices
  • 6 small triangles thinly sliced watermelon, rind removed

Details

Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 15mins
Adapted from epicurious.com

Preparation

Step 1

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. Purée basil, 3 tablespoons mint, and garlic in a blender. With machine running, add 1/2 cup oil. Set a strainer over a small bowl; strain, pressing on solids. Season with salt and pepper.
Brush grill rack with oil. Drizzle 2 tablespoons basil-mint oil over tomatoes and cheese; season with salt and pepper. Grill tomatoes, turning occasionally, until charred and bursting, about 4 minutes. Grill cheese until nicely charred in spots and beginning to melt, about 45 seconds per side.
Arrange melon on a platter. Top with cheese and tomatoes. Drizzle remaining herb oil over; garnish with sliced mint.

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