In honor of Meatless Monday, I thought I’d share a vegetarian appetizer recipe with you today. I made these ‘halloumi sliders with rocket and tomato relish’ for a last-minute dinner party last week and they were a hit!
This recipe is actually my take on a delicious sandwich I enjoyed a long time ago back in New Zealand. It was the first time I ever ate halloumi cheese and I loved it so much that the memory of this sandwich kinda stuck with me. Sometimes it’s the little things that wow you the most, right?
The main difference between my version of this dish and the original (besides the slider format) is that I crumbed the halloumi instead of pan-frying it. I find it adds a nice crunchy texture to the sliders and it’s also a great way to make the halloumi slightly less salty.
That being said, if you’re short on time or don’t feel like the extra carbs’ then feel free to skip this step! And if on the other hand you’re in the mood for a little somethin’ extra, then I highly recommend adding avocado or beetroot to the mix. Either way – these sliders are winners!
Halloumi sliders with tomato relish and rocket
Recipe (makes approx. 8 sliders)
200g Halloumi cheese, cut into approx. 1.5cm slices.
50g fresh breadcrumbs
2 tbs plain white flour
2-4 tbs olive oil
50 g Rocket leaves
1/2 cup of tomato relish
For the crumbed halloumi:
Place the flour, the egg, and the breadcrumbs into three separate bowls (or shallow plates). Lightly beat the egg with a fork.
Take a slice of halloumi and dip it into the flour, tapping off the excess. Then dip it in the egg and into the breadcrumbs, making sure it’s evenly coated. Repeat with the remaining slices of halloumi.
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan placed over medium high heat. Fry each slice of halloumi on both sides until golden (approximately 2 minutes on each side). You may need to cook the halloumi in two or three batches depending on the size of your pan.
Assemble your slider in order of preference. I personally put the rocket leaves at the bottom and top it with the crumbed halloumi. I then spread 1 tbs of tomato relish/jam on top and call it a delicious day!
Variations: Skip the crumbing part and simply pan fry or grill the halloumi. Add slices of avocado. Add slices of cooked beetroot (or beetroot relish). Use any chutney of your choice!