I was clear from my review recently of Violife’s Mediterrean Style Block I was impressed with its cheesy flavour. It didn’t feel like Halloumi for me, however, which meant I was still on the lookout for something to fill the void left by this wonderfully salty and squeaky Greek cheese.
I’d heard people were using tofu as a replacement I could understand how that might work, especially using the vegan wonder product that is Nutritional Yeast. This adds the cheesy flavour to the recipe. I used dried basil but you could use mint, oregano or a mix of Italian dried herbs instead.
While it isn’t exactly the same as real Halloumi it is pretty close in texture. Using firm tofu means you will also be able to get the griddle lines on the block in the way you would the cheese.
Homemade Vegan Halloumi
1 Block of Firm Tofu, pressed
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1-2 Tsp of sea salt
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp dried Basil (or whichever herbs you have chosen to use)
1- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- It stands to reason that you need to press your tofu before starting this recipe. I use my trusty Tofuture Press and leave the block overnight in the fridge. Pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut block into a square – the discarded scraps can be added to a stir fry or sauce for another meal – and cut the tofu length ways to get two pieces from it.
- Mix the lemon juice, herbs, salt (you can add more to taste, if you wish), Nutritional Yeast, Olive Oil, Garlic Powder (you can crush a glove if you don’t have any powder) and freshly ground black pepper into a dish.The consistency should be thick to cling to the tofu. I ensured the slabs of tofu were also baste with the mix and left to marinade overnight. If you don’t have that much time anything over 30 minutes should suffice.
- Heat up your griddle pan or grill. You can use a frying pan if you have neither. There’s no need to add additional oil to the pan as the marinade contained oil. ‘Fry’ the tofu for around 5 minutes. You will have to turn to ensure both sides are cooked and slightly crusty.
- The vegan Halloumi can be served with salad and a drizzle of balsamic or with some Sweet Chilli Sauce and crusty bread.
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