Grilled Halloumi Crostini With Tomato And Basil

tomato and haloumi brushetta

Impromptu visits from friends often make for the best evenings and so I always keep a few ingredients on hand for last minute appetizers. One of my go-to recipes is ‘halloumi cheese, tomato and basil crostini’. In the summer I like to do them on the BBQ as it adds a lovely charred taste the melted cheese but they are just as delicious quickly pan-fried on a stove top. Fresh basil can be substituted with pesto but I will not compromise on a drizzle of very good extra virgin olive oil just before serving.

See recipe below.

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brushettas brushetta with tomato, basil and haloumi

Grilled halloumi crostini with tomato and basil

Ingredients (makes 10 crostinis)

10 slices of Halloumi cheese (about 1-1.5cm thick)

10 slices of baguette (or store-bought crostinis)

2 tomatoes cored and cut into approx. 1cm slices

Basil leaves

Extra Virgin olive oil

Chilli flakes (optional)

Instructions

Pre-heat oven grill to 180c

Place the bread slices onto a baking tray and brush with olive oil. Bake for about 2-3 mins or until lightly toasted. Set aside.

Heat 2 tbs of olive oil in a pan and fry halloumi cheese until golden brown on both sides.

Top each crostini with a slice of tomato, halloumi and basil leaf. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chilli flakes if desired.

Enjoy with sparkling wine or a dry Rosé.