Cheese/ Lunch

The Ultimate Halloumi Sandwich

December 27, 2019 by Chris Collins

This grilled cheese is packed with grilled halloumi, chorizo, sun dried tomato pesto, avocado and mozzarella – i.e. The ULTIMATE halloumi sandwich!

halloumi grilled cheese sandwich stacked on wooden board surrounded by rocket

Halloumi Grilled Cheese

So unnecessary, yet so necessary. So bad for you, yet so good(?) for you. There seems to be a running theme on this blog.. Apart from literally none of it is good for you 🤣 Anywho, who’s ready for the sandwich to end all sandwiches? 

Why you’ll love this Halloumi sandwich:

  • Flavour – An explosion of flavours!
  • Easy – Literally no cooking ability required.
  • Filling – So. Damn. Filling – (beware).

Okay, let’s talk halloumi.

closeup on halloumi grilled cheese filling

Grilled Halloumi

Or pan fried, same thing.

Whilst the halloumi will heat up in the grilled cheese, it won’t be enough to soften it completely. Plus you miss out on that gorgeous smoky flavour if you haven’t fried it beforehand. I’ve got 3 easy tips for perfect halloumi:

  1. Pat dry with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as you can.
  2. Use oil if you don’t have a non-stick pan.
  3. Fry at room temp (I find it releases less moisture)

To pan fry simply place halloumi strips in a large pan over medium-high heat and fry both sides until golden and soft!

How to pan fry halloumi - 2 step by step photos

Ultimate Halloumi Sandwich

Alright, here’s where things get intense.

Sure, grilled halloumi with a little salad would be great in a sandwich. But no. Ohhhhh no. Obviously here at DGBMH HQ we take things a little further. A step too far some might say. A tasty step none the less. Here’s what we’re throwing in with the halloumi:

Chorizo, Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (see recipe card for subs), Avocado, Mozzarella.

How to make Halloumi Grilled Cheese (quick summary)

  1. Butter bread and place butter side down. Add halloumi.
  2. Top with Chorizo.
  3. Spread pesto.
  4. Add avocado and mozzarella. Top with buttered bread.
  5. Add to pan on medium heat.
  6. Fry both sides until golden.

how to make a halloumi sandwich - 6 step by step photos

And that’s it! Easy right?

If you like the sound of this flavour combo I know you’ll love my Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel (also has halloumi and avo). Here’s some other similar recipes to check out as well:

Unique Grilled Cheese Recipes

Okay dokey, let’s tuck into this halloumi sandwich recipe shall we?!

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How to make a Halloumi Sandwich (Full Recipe & Video)

halloumi grilled cheese sandwich stacked on wooden board surrounded by rocket

The ULTIMATE Halloumi Sandwich

This grilled cheese is packed with grilled halloumi, chorizo, sun dried tomato pesto, avocado and mozzarella - i.e. The ULTIMATE halloumi sandwich!
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Original
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 2
Calories: 947kcal
Cost per serving: £4 / $5

Equipment:

  • 12" Fry Pan
  • Tongs
  • Spatula/Turner
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Paper Towels

Ingredients (check list):

  • 4 large thick slices of Bread
  • 1x 8oz/225g block of Halloumi, divided into 8
  • 3.5oz / 100g Chorizo, thinly sliced (with casing removed)
  • 1/2 cup / 50g Mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 small Avocado, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (see notes)
  • Butter, as needed

Optional, to serve:

  • Rocket/Arugula
  • Sour Cream

Instructions:

  • Soak up as much moisture as you can from your 8 slices of halloumi with paper towels. Place in a pan over medium-high heat and fry both sides until golden. If your pan is non-stick you won't have to add oil (can still add a touch), if it's not, I recommend using oil.
  • Butter both sides of 2 slices of bread and place butter side down on a chopping board. Add halloumi slices, followed by chorizo, topped with sun dried tomato pesto, followed by avocado and finished with mozzarella. Top with another slice of bread and spread butter over the top.
  • Place in a pan over medium heat and fry both sides until golden, carefully flipping in between. Serve with rocket/arugula and a dip of sour cream!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Halloumi - I find the halloumi releases less moisture when it's at room temp, so if you've got time I recommend doing that. Oil is optional depending on your type of pan, but I do usually add a dash to get things going.
b) Sun Dried Tomato Pesto - Can use store bought (widely available in most supermarkets), or use my homemade recipe! Just a note though, I recommend reducing the salt as both halloumi and chorizo are quite salty. Roasted red pepper pesto also goes great in this sandwich, just same again with the salt. If you're looking for subs, I haven't actually used either of these, but I'd imagine regular basil pesto or just sun dried tomatoes and basil leaves would work great!
c) Calories - per sandwich with no sides.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
The ULTIMATE Halloumi Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 947 Calories from Fat 526
% Daily Value*
Fat 58.48g90%
Saturated Fat 19.655g98%
Trans Fat 0.016g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6.58g
Monounsaturated Fat 28.651g
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 2139mg89%
Potassium 941mg27%
Carbohydrates 44.37g15%
Fiber 10.5g42%
Sugar 6.16g7%
Protein 63.46g127%
Vitamin A 1294IU26%
Vitamin C 10.7mg13%
Calcium 1378mg138%
Iron 4.43mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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