Halloumi is now one of its best-selling cheeses at supermarket chain Waitrose, thanks to a recipe which aired on recently on BBC series ‘Simply Nigella’ presented by Nigella Lawson.
The TV cook shared her favourite recipe for the Cypriot cheese: fried until golden brown with a sweet chilli sauce and finished with a topping of rocket salad. As a result, sales of halloumi at Waitrose in the week the episode was shown soared 24% compared with the previous week.
Waitrose cheese buyer Chris Dawson commented: “The trend for halloumi has been growing for a while and celebrity chefs such as Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver are continuing to support it. It’s such a versatile cheese and the salty flavour makes it the perfect accompaniment to winter salads and as a protein-rich meat alternative.”
Recipes by Nigella have boosted sales of ingredients at Waitrose in the past, including avocado for avocado on toast (up 30%) and prunes, which were used in a Christmas cake.