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vegan halloumi skewers - perfect for bbq
I've made cashew cheese before but I wanted to try to make a vegan halloumi as well, because at the moment there is a big halloumi trend. You can find it in almost any restaurant at the moment. So why not veganise it, I thought! And it worked! It tastes even better when it's grilled or fried, the flavours are incredible! Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think.
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I also added other veggies to the skewers: courgette, red pepper and red onion. You can also mushrooms or cocktail tomatoes for example. Anything goes with my vegan halloumi.
I love ketchup (I know!). Add a bit of spice to your condiment sauce by adding Sriracha sauce to it! But not too much, you still want to taste the vegan cheese.
How pretty to these vegan cheese skewers look! They wouldn't look out of place at any party! Finally the days are over where you get veggie skewers without the protein! Now is the time to indulge!
My mouth is watering looking back at this photoshoot! Try them and let me know what you think!
INGREDIENTS (5-6 skewers):
Vegan halloumi ingredients:
- 150ml water
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 75g unsalted cashew nuts
- 60g corn starch
- 25g nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- Red pepper
- Red onion
- Black pepper
Add all vegan halloumi ingredients into a blender and blend for a minute until you get a totally smooth creme. By the way it matters which nutritional yeast you use. The best I have used is the Marigold Engevita Nutritional yeast. I used a different one before and it turned my cheese into a brownish colour (still tasted fine but we all eat with our eyes too).
Pour the cream into a non-stick pan and turn to high heat. Make sure you stir all the time so it doesn’t burn. After around 5 minutes it will change consistency and turn into a very thick paste.
Take it off the heat and transfer to a small square tupperware dish. Push down with a spoon and even out. Let set in the fridge for 3 hours.
Then cut the vegan halloumi into cubes and carefully add them to skewers (make sure they are chillled and don't leave them out in the warmth for too long before you skew them). Alternate with veggies as well, like courgette slices, red pepper and red onion (mushrooms would also work well). Baste the skewers with some olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper (not too much because the vegan halloumi is salty enough already)
Put the skewers either on a grill or fry on all sides in a griddle pan (or a normal pan would do as well). Like with normal cheese don’t let the vegan halloumi go to soft as it will otherwise fall off the skewers.
Enjoy at a bbq of your choosing! ;-)
And if you like this vegan bbq recipe why not try my pickled beetroot and walnut burger with pistachio aioli.
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