A recipe inspired by lazy lunches by the pool in Cyprus. Soft, warm pita stuffed with fried halloumi, smoked ham and salad. You can also add hummus and/or tzatziki. Halloumi is a cheese that can be fried without melting or losing its shape and tastes delicious with smoked Cypriot lounza or ham.
We ate this nearly every day while we were on holiday in Cyprus, it is such an easy recipe and took advantage of the fresh salad ingredients available from the local village supermarket. The rocket is incredible with a lovely peppery flavour. We got through a remarkable amount of halloumi, pita, salad, hummus…and just couldn’t get enough.
For a veggie option, omit the ham. This recipe serves two.
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Cook Time : 10 minutes
1. slice the halloumi into approximately 1cm thick slices. You should get about 8 or so from a block.
2. Grate the carrot into a bowl
3. Thinly slice the onion and throw it in with the carrot. Add some salad leaves...rocket, spinach, whatever your preference. Drizzle with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice (optional). Mix it all together and add some freshly ground black pepper.
4. Heat a griddle or frying pan to a high heat. You can drizzle some olive oil in the pan or use a low fat cooking spray, but if your pan is non stick then you don't need this.
5. Add the halloumi to the pan and fry for a couple of minutes on each side. Keep turning every minute or so until the halloumi is golden and slightly crispy on the outside.
6. While the cheese is cooking, toast the pita in a toaster, or you can put it in the oven for a few minutes if you prefer.
7. Move the cheese to one side of the pan to keep it hot. Add the ham to the pan and cook for a couple of minutes on each side.
8. Slice each pita in half to create half pockets. Line each with slices of ham, followed by the slices of halloumi, then a handful of the salad mixture. spoon over the tsatsiki, some hummus or some of each. You can also add some slices of tomato or cucumber if you want to.