It’s taking everything I have not to put my favourite cheese jokes in here, I mean, we all know the ‘What does the cheese say when it looks in the mirror?’ joke, right? I love halloumi, in part because it happily lives in the fridge for aaaaages, so with just a little store cupboard help you can rustle up this tasty delight to get your evening heading in the right direction pretty quickly. This easily makes enough for 4 hungry nibblers. Recipe from the always excellent BBC Good Food.
2 x 250g blocks halloumi
75g plain flour
3 tbsp za’atar
Veg/Olive Oil for frying
150g greek yogurt
Zest of 1 lemon
Pinch of chopped fresh mint
- Make the dip by mixing together the yogurt and lemon zest, sprinkle over a tiny bit of za’atar and put to one side.
- In a large shallow bowl or plate, mix together the flour and za’atar.
- Slice the halloumi into chunky chip sized pieces and put them in the flour, tossing to coat completely on all sides.
- Heat about 1cm depth oil in a frying pan, grab some tongs and an extra plate lined with kitchen roll.
- When the oil is hot (not smoking hot, just hot enough to make the cheese sizzle), gently lower in the cheese in batches and cook for a couple of minutes until golden on all sides, then transfer to the waiting plate to drain a little.
- Sprinkle with chopped mint and a little extra za’atar and dip away.
PS The answer to the cheese joke is of course Hellooooo Me.