Halloumi Grilled Cheese w/ Honey + Harissa

Halloumi Grilled Cheese

I heart grilled cheese. Let that be known.

It's the only comfort food on the planet that is guaranteed to hit the spot for me. When I need to hunker down, knee-deep in Autumn bliss, with some culinary stodge on my lap, a grilled cheese sandwich is the only thing I want.

Ever since I was a little girl, I've been eating grilled cheese in one form or another and it all started with the good old 'cheese-on-toast'. I have vivid memories of sitting on the kitchen worktops as a child, probably about four years old, eating cheese-on-toast with heaps of piccalilli.

As a teen, desperate for the pizza deliveries like the ones I saw on the TV (living in Devon, this wasn't going to be an option until 1999) I would improvise and found that by excitedly spreading some tomato puree between the toast and cheese, i had 'created' a pizza. Kind of. 

At university, whilst drunk for pretty much four years straight, i doubt little more than a couple of days went by without the famous bean and cheese toastie being consumed by myself and my housemates with Daddies brown sauce being the essential dip. I mean, show me a student of the 90's that didn't go off to university with a toastie maker in their back pocket! 

Thankfully, now that I am a semi-responsible adult, I have the freedom to try out any combination I like whenever the mood takes me (blue cheese and gherkin for the win, fyi) and I also have the luxury of trying to discover which which bread works best (sourdough) and which way one should cook said sandwich. However, through all of the experiments, i've never been able to incorporate Halloumi into the traditional sandwich that we all know.

UNTIL TODAY, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8th, 2017

Ladies and gents, may I present to you this delicious, sweet, salty, fresh, fiery and above all else, absolutely perfect sandwich. Whilst this sandwich isn't traditional in the American "Grilled Cheese" sense of the word (the cheese is grilled, but the bread is toasted here) I still, very much urge you to try it.

Halloumi Grilled Cheese w/ Honey and Harissa

Ingredients

  • 3 slices of slightly toasted sourdough
  • 125g halloumi sliced into 6 slices
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp harissa
  • 3 cherry plum toms, sliced
  • handful of lightly flavoured green leaves, I used pea shoots

Method

  1. In a small bowl mix together the honey and the harissa. Set aside.
  2. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry your halloumi until browned on both sides. Remove and place on a paper towel.
  3. Meanwhile, toast your sourdough, until the edges are beginning to char, but its still lightly toasted on the sides.
  4. Whilst still hot, brush the honey and harissa mix over the slices of halloumi.
  5. When the sourdough is ready, build your sandwich: Sourdough > leaves > toms > halloumi - drizzle of harissa mix - sourdough > leaves > toms > halloumi - drizzle of harissa mix. Then pop on the final sourdough on top, et viola.
  6. Lie back and think of England