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What is halloumi? Halloumi cheese is an unripened, brined, firm cheese which can be made with goat, sheep, and/or with cow’s milk. This cheese is perfect for searing or grilling because it has a high melting temperature. The salty brined flavor, in combination with the sweet maple syrup are a perfect match with the meaty braised lentils in this dish! Can’t find halloumi? Feta cheese is a great substitute, you may need to cut the cubes slightly larger so that they remain intact when being seared.
2 Tbsp (30 mL) unsalted butter
1 whole leek, split and sliced thinly (approx. 2 cups)
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup (250 mL) mushrooms, finely diced
2 Tbsp (30 mL) fresh thyme
2 cups (500 mL) French green lentils
3½ cups (875 mL) vegetable stock
1 cup (250 mL) red wine
salt and ground black pepper, to taste
fresh thyme leaves
1 Tbsp (15 mL) unsalted butter
½ cup (125 mL) halloumi cheese, diced into ¾-inch (2 cm) cubes
1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh thyme
3 Tbsp (45 mL) maple syrup
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