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. She sent me a Facebook message (of the member of the greatest generation she sure 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. Therefore I “had” to make another batch the next day, for um… picture taking purposes.
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 halloumi. Halloumi is a cheese from Cyprus that is ideal for grilling and therefore known as “the cheese that grills.” It’s sometimes called the “squeaky cheese” and is commonly used to make saganaki (pan seared cheese). It was only a matter of time before someone cut the cheese into strips and packaged them to look like fries.
Enjoy halloumi fries plain or serve them with a dipping sauce, such as Greek yogurt and lemon juice for a lighter dip. For a kick, dunk them into tyrokafteri (spicy feta dip). The halloumi fries trend won’t go away anytime soon, so best begin making yours 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.