After our late summer visit in Cyprus past October for an amazing wedding of a dear friend of ours, we came back with suitcases full of traditional delicacies! One of them was the halloumi cheese (of course)! It is a semi-hard cheese made from goat and sheep’s milk and has a high melting point which means only one thing; it can be fried and grilled maintaining its juiciness and unique taste. So this sandwich seemed a perfect chance to enjoy the taste of this amazing cheese. I chose to accompany it with boiled beetroot and arugula salad, but the ingredient that intensifies all tastes and waters your mouth is the extra garlic. You just cut in half and rub it on the bread! So simple, but trust me, it makes a huge difference.
I always keep some boiled beetroot salad in my fridge, accompanied with olive oil, pepper and garlic, but this time I let it plain and added it in pure form without any extra spices. And the result is very rewarding! Beetroot and garlic are known to be best friends. Put in the halloumi cheese and you get an amazing combo. The yogurt and the salad add to this sandwich a sense of freshness and prevent it from being dry in taste. Try this recipe and let me know what you think on the comments below. I would love to hear for more ideas or your own combinations for the perfect sandwich!
1 medium beetroot boiled
4 slices halloumi cheese
2 slices of whole-wheat bread
½ tbsp butter
1 tbsp Greek yogurt & more for the side
1 clove garlic
some arugula salad
Cut the halloumi in 1cm slices. Prepare a grill pan on medium-low heat and when it is warm enough put it the halloumi slices. Grill each side for approximately 2-3 minutes till golden brown. Grill more if needed.
Prepare the bread by spreading the butter on each side. Grill for about 2 minutes each side till crispy. Cut the garlic clove in the middle and rub it to the warm bread. The garlic will give an amazing light flavor to the bread that fits perfectly with the beetroot.
Cut the beetroot in slices of 1cm after you have boiled and peeled it. Set one slice of bread on a plate and add the halloumi and beetroot slices. Add the salad along with some salt and pepper. Spread with the Greek yogurt the other slice and put it on top. Cut in half and enjoy with some extra yogurt on the side!