Halloumi… what a cheese! After a discussion the other day I have decided that along with mozzarella and taleggio, halloumi is firmly in my top three cheeses. As a lover of a wide range of cheeses, choosing a top three was not an easy task, but I feel quite content with my final choices. For now anyway…
Despite being a big fan of this cheese, it wasn’t until a few of months ago that I tried my very first halloumi chip. I was at a wedding and shortly after the ceremony a range of delicious canapés began floating around. After grabbing what I believed to be a regular chunky chip, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was in fact holding a piece of fried halloumi in my hand instead. And from that moment, these tasty sticks of crispy cheese were born. It may all sound a bit cheesy, but BRIElieve me, they’re grate!
(Makes around 10 fries)
250g halloumi, cut into chips
50g plain flour
2 tsps paprika
Fresh red chilli, chopped
Fresh coriander, chopped
Fresh black pepper
- In a bowl mix the flour and paprika together, then use to lightly coat the halloumi sticks.
- Heat oil in a wide, deep, heavy-based pan (enough to shallow fry) until it begins to bubble. Add a few pieces of halloumi at a time and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden and crispy. Remove and transfer to some kitchen paper and repeat with the remaining halloumi sticks.
- Sprinkle with chilli, coriander and fresh black pepper, and that’s it! Serve with your favourite dip or sauce.