Halloumi Cheese Flower

Steven Rothfeld

This soft, fresh cheese simmering with plump red tomatoes and seasoned with garlic, chili, and cilantro.

Type: Dairy Prep Time: 25 minutes Level: Not mentioned

This soft, fresh cheese simmering with plump red tomatoes and seasoned with garlic, chili, and cilantro is presented in the shape of a savory flower blossom. A single flower will only make you crave a bouquet. Serve with warm pita. Kosher.com

Main ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium-size ripe red tomato, halved and thinly sliced

3 to 4 ounces (85 to 110 grams) halloumi or mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

Salt

Freshly ground pepper

3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 small fresh green chili, thinly sliced

10 cilantro sprigs

Prepare the Cheese Flower

Heat oil in a heavy eight-inch (20 cm) skillet over medium heat

Arrange the tomato slices in a skillet in the shape of a circle. Top tomato slices with the cheese slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Arrange the garlic and chili slices atop the cheese. Bunch the cilantro sprigs in the center of the skillet.

Continue cooking until cheese is soft but not totally melted.

Serve immediately.