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Cyprus Sandwich with Halloumi Cheese- a Mediterranean Favorite!

Cyprus sandwich with halloumi cheese on crusty bread with herbs and fresh veggies makes a fantastic grilled sandwich for a press or panini machine.
Cyprus Sandwich with Halloumi

Cyprus Sandwich with Halloumi

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is for a traditional  Cyprus sandwich made with grilled halloumi cheese, herbs, and a few fresh veggies on crusty bread, which is then  pressed with  a panini press or  in a panini maker, or you can even do this with a foil wrapped brick if nothing else.

Usually this is  made with finger rolls,  which are thinner and smaller than usual- sort of like hot dog buns but not quite. I made mine with some very fresh bolillo rolls- which are a Mexican version of crusty French hoagie rolls. I trimmed those a bit- but the excess doesn’t need to go to waste. Spread it with some soft butter and munch on the extras,  or  toast them up as fresh croutons for your dinner salad.

Cypriot Cheese

Halloumi cheese is  from Cyprus and is one of the weird cheeses that does not melt very well so it  makes it great for browning crisp edges onto. Queso blanco has similar properties, as does paneer cheese. But the halloumi does  have a bit of  tangy flavor that reminds slightly of feta, since it has been brined.

When  to Serve? Whenever-

I actually made these for breakfast one day when I was bored with  the usual  routine.  I was reminded of  the time  I had my niece  and nephew over  for breakfast and I was making my biscuits and gravy that everybody asks for- everyone, except, that is, my 5-year old nephew. He wanted grilled cheese. My older niece, being a bit bossy, tried to dissuade by saying grilled  cheese wasn’t suitable for breakfast. I defended the nephew by pointing  out that bread and biscuits are alike, as is the dairy in gravy  and  cheese. I can’t really say if I ended up being his superhero, but he thought a sandwich for breakfast was fine.

Cyprus Sandwich with Halloumi

If you’re going  to stick with the biscuits and gravy or  whatever else strikes you for breakfast, and save this instead for lunch, it does  go well  with a tossed Greek or Persian salad or a plate of mezze (cheese, olives and the like) or you might like  something like a bowl of soup.

Soup and sandwiches are  always a famous pair, especially when it is any kind of grilled cheese.

Cyprus Sandwich with Halloumi

Cyprus Sandwich with Halloumi

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Sandwiches
Cuisine: Cypriot, Mediterranean
Keyword: Panini
Servings: 3
Author: Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 block Halloumi cheese 8.8 ounce
  • 3 French bread sandwich rolls Hoagie or Bolillo or finger rolls
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • olive oil
  • dried oregano
  • tomato slices
  • fresh lettuce
  • kalamata olives
  • Greek peppers
  • lemon wedges

Instructions

  • Slice halloumi into 12-15 thin pieces, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess.
  • Brown cheese in a skillet  with a little oil on both sides until golden.
  • Trim rolls to 8-inches long by 2-inches wide (if needed) and split open.
  • Line rolls with cheese and sprinkle lightly with dried oregano.
  • Top with other half of bread and place in a panini press or on a lightly oiled griddle or grill pan, weighted down,  and heat until hot and crispy.
  • Open sandwiches and add lettuce,  tomatoes, dressing with lemon juice and olive oil.
  • Serve sandwiches with olives and peppers as desired.

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