I’m a millennial: I follow trends on Twitter, take random BuzzFeed quizzes, and eat avocado toast. That’s why I was surprised to find out that “the world is going crazy over HALLOUMI FRIES,” from my 90-year-old yiayia (grandmother) of all people. I confess, I had never tried them. She sent me a Facebook message (a member of The Greatest Generation who surely acts like a millennial) with a video link of a halloumi fries recipe, along with the message, “You should try this.” So I did. They were so good my family scarfed them down before I could even take a picture
I had of course heard of halloumi—a springy Cyprus cheese ideal for grilling, known as “the cheese that grills.” Also called “the squeaky cheese” for reasons I can’t explain. Pan-seared cheese (saganaki) often employs halloumi. This semi-hard, brined cheese lends itself to slicing. It was only a matter of time before someone cut the cheese into strips and packaged them to look like fries.
You think tasty and greasy mean time consuming? It takes less time to make this appetizer than it does to filter, caption and post a picture on Instagram. Just mix together flour and some simple spices (you’re always welcome to experiment with your own of course) and fry up some strips of squeaky cheese to impress all comers. Serve halloumi fries plain or with a dipping sauce such as Greek yogurt and lemon juice, a lovely light dip. For a kick, dunk them into tyrokafteri (spicy feta dip). I predict the halloumi fries trend won’t go away anytime soon, so best begin making yours right now.
- 8 oz Halloumi cheese
- ¾ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- vegetable oil or olive oil, for frying
- Mix the flour, paprika, and oregano in a bowl.
- Cut the halloumi cheese into ½ inch thick strips, like fries. Dip the strips into the spiced flour and coat well.
- Heat the oil to medium high in a frying pan. Working in batches, add the halloumi strips and cook each side for 1-2 minutes, or until golden.
- When golden and crispy on all sides, transfer to a serving dish and serve.