Peppered halloumi with a red pepper and tahina dip

The most tasty snack around, without a doubt.
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Recipe from: 7 October 2010
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 60 mins


  • Halloumi:
  • 300
    block halloumi cheese
  • Milled black pepper
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges
  • Dip:
  • 2
    large red peppers (bell)
  • 2
    large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 30
    olive oil
  • 20
    lemon juice
  • 5
  • 1
    Tabasco sauce
  • 1
  • Salt and milled black pepper
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First make the dip.
Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Cut a 2-cm slit in the side of each pepper and push the whole garlic cloves through the slits into the peppers.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the peppers are soft and beginning to brown.
Remove from the oven, place on a plate, cover, and allow to cool.
Tear open the peppers and retrieve the garlic cloves.
Pull off the skins and cores and discard the seeds.
Place the pepper flesh and garlic cloves in a blender and add the remaining dip ingredients.
Process to a smooth paste (add a little more olive oil or lemon juice if the blades are reluctant to turn).
Decant into a bowl, swirl with a little extra olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of cumin.
Slice the cheese into 7-mm thick slices. Pat quite dry.
Rub a film of olive oil over the slices and coat generously, on both sides, with milled black pepper.
Heat the oil, about 2 Tbs, in a frying pan.
When the oil is hot, a breadcrumb should fizzle vigorously in it, add the cheese and fry, in two or three batches, until golden-brown and crisp.
This will take about a minute per side, depending on the heat of the pan.

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