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Is halloumi the Houdini of cheeses? It’s surely magic that stops this salty, chewy cheese from dripping through a flaming grill or puddling into a hot mess in a pan. Nope. Ingenious villagers in Cyprus long ago unlocked the secret to twice-cooking curds to guard against melting.

Hey, don’t argue with 1,500 years of cheese smarts, just enjoy how it browns and crisps on the outside while staying in a luscious warm slab.