grilled halloumi and courgette sandwiches

Just writing this up is making me hungry . . . the halloumi, courgettes and grilled sweet onions really compliment each other very well and are a perfect summery combination.

Serves 4
Skill level: Easy

2 x large courgettes, ends removed and cut lengthwise into slices (about the depth of a pound coin)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp salt
200g halloumi, sliced across the short side into 1cm slices
1 x small red onion, cut into wedges
1 x small garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tbsp chopped mint leaves
1 x baguette or ciabatta rolls

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high and clean and oil the grate. (Or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.)
  2. Marinate the courgettes in 1 tbsp of olive oil, the lemon juice and ½ tsp of salt. Set aside for about 30 minutes.
  3. In a separate dish, brush the sliced halloumi with 1 tsp of the olive oil.
  4. Peel the onion and cut it into 1 cm wedges. Marinate the onion in 1 tsp olive oil and the remaining ½ tsp salt.
  5. Grill the courgette until it has dark grill marks and is tender. Toss immediately in a bowl with the garlic and mint; then set aside.
  6. Grill the onion wedges, turning once, until they are slightly charred on the edges and softened.
  7. Grill the halloumi until softened and marked by the grill.
  8. Slice the baguette lengthwise, leaving one side slightly attached. Brush with the remaining teaspoon of the olive oil.
  9. Cut crosswise into four even segments.
  10. Distribute the grilled courgettes, halloumi and onions evenly among the sandwiches.


    tamarindandthyme said...

    This does sound fantastic - what a great way to use up courgettes. I've not cooked with halloumi before but have tried it in restaurants - I wonder what could be holding me back? You've shown that it's easy!

    Marmaduke Scarlet said...

    Go, go, go, go . . . the only thing I would warn you about is that if you don't eat halloumi immediately it does have a tendency to turn a bit rubbery. Let me know how you get on!