The first time I tried halloumi cheese on holiday in Cyprus many years ago I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. As a pre-dinner snack, we would sit outside on the balcony of our apartment at sunset enjoying slices of grilled halloumi and bottles of ice cold beer. Uncooked it’s pretty unimpressive and quite squeaky on your teeth, but pop it under the grill for a few minutes and it transforms into a salty delicious flavour bomb!
This recipe is inspired by a lovely vegetarian burger I had at Bills in Lewes, but decided to include some roasted aubergine for an additional layer of texture.
Serve this at a BBQ and your non meat-eating friends will love you forever.
You will need
1 medium aubergine cut into slice lengthways
1/2 red peppers
1 block of halloumi cheese, cut into slices lengthways
1 pot of hummus
Rolls of your choice (I used ciabatta, warmed in the oven for a couple of minutes before serving).
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Drizzle the oil over the aubergine and peppers and bake in the oven for 20 mins until softened. Warm your griddle pan (or you can just use a conventional grill) and place the cheese, peppers and aubergines on, griddle until golden on both sides (you might need to do this in a couple of rounds). Spread a generous couple of spoonfuls of hummous on to your rolls and then layer with the cheese and vegetables.