Spicy halloumi burger with pineapple salsa


Spicy halloumi burger with pineapple salsa and sweet potato ‘fries’

We both love halloumi, so I came up with this as an alternative to a beefburger. I know many people find cheese and pineapple weird. I love the combination of sweet pineapple and salty cheese. It just works for me.

hallomi burger

Halloumi Burger – serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 block of halloumi
  • 1 tsp chipotle paste
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • a little olive oil to loosen mix

Method

  1. Slice the haloumi into 6 slices
  2. Mix the oil, chipotle and paprika, then coat the cheese in the marinade.
  3. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a griddle or frying pan over a high heat, put the slices in and fry until crispy on both sides.
  5. Serve in a toasted bun with salad and the pineapple salsa.

Pineapple salsa – 2 generous portions

close up salsa

This is a rough recipe as I did not write it down, I used roughly half of a fresh pineapple, 1/2 a red onion, a small (not hot) green chilli, the juice of half a lime and a dash of hot pepper sauce. It is best made a day in advance as the flavours really do improve the next day. Perfect to have with tortilla chips or to scoop up on flatbreads.

I make sweet potato fries in the oven, I find this easier and less messy than deep frying, plus there is the obvious health benefit of baking. I cut the potato into fries, coat in a little olive oil, then toss with a small handful of fine semolina. This gives the fries a wonderful crunch.

If you do not like pineapple then a simple tomato salsa would work well here. The buns we used were Co-Op brioche buns. They had a brilliant texture and stayed in tact right through to the last bite.

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