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Seared Halloumi Sandwiches on Focaccia

with Roasted Vegetables & Fuji Apple Salad

Seared Halloumi Sandwiches on Focaccia with Roasted Vegetables & Fuji Apple Salad

Makes: 2 Servings

Calories: About 700 Per Serving

Cooking Time: 25 to 35 minutes

Halloumi is an amazing, semi-hard cheese originally made in Cyprus. It has a distinct, layered texture, and an incredibly high melting point—meaning that even when exposed to high heat, it will hold its shape. This makes it possible to sear the cheese in a hot pan, caramelizing it slightly, giving it a crisp crust and enhancing its naturally mild flavor. Layered with roasted bell pepper and Japanese eggplant, halloumi makes these hearty sandwiches uniquely delicious.

Seared Halloumi Sandwiches on Focaccia with Roasted Vegetables & Fuji Apple Salad ingredients
On the Cutting Board
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the halloumi cheese lengthwise into 4 equal-sized slices. Cut each piece of focaccia in half horizontally. Cut off the stem end of the eggplant; cut the eggplant into ½-inch-thick rounds on an angle. Peel and mince the garlic; using the flat side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Core the apple and cut into matchsticks; toss with the juice of 1 lemon wedge to prevent browning. Cut out and discard the stem, ribs and seeds of the bell pepper; quarter the bell pepper lengthwise.

Roast the vegetables:
2 Roast the vegetables:

Place the eggplant and bell pepper on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Arrange in a single, even layer and roast 13 to 15 minutes, or until softened and browned. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Make the sumac mayonnaise & vinaigrette:
3 Make the sumac mayonnaise & vinaigrette:

While the vegetables roast, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sumac, garlic paste and the juice of 1 lemon wedge; season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Squeeze the juice of the remaining lemon wedges into a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until well combined.

Sear the halloumi:
4 Sear the halloumi:

While the vegetables continue to roast, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the halloumi cheese and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until browned and heated through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.

Toast the focaccia:
5 Toast the focaccia:

In the pan used to sear the halloumi, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the focaccia, cut sides down, and toast, occasionally pressing down on the slices, 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned and warmed through. Transfer to a clean, dry work surface to cool slightly.

Assemble the sandwich & salad:
6 Assemble the sandwich & salad:

Spread a thin layer of the sumac mayonnaise onto the cut sides of each toasted focaccia piece. Place 2 slices of the seared halloumi onto each focaccia bottom. Top with the roasted vegetables and a focaccia top. In a large bowl, combine the arugula, apple and enough of the vinaigrette to coat the salad (you may have extra); season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the sandwiches and salad between 2 dishes. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the halloumi cheese lengthwise into 4 equal-sized slices. Cut each piece of focaccia in half horizontally. Cut off the stem end of the eggplant; cut the eggplant into ½-inch-thick rounds on an angle. Peel and mince the garlic; using the flat side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Core the apple and cut into matchsticks; toss with the juice of 1 lemon wedge to prevent browning. Cut out and discard the stem, ribs and seeds of the bell pepper; quarter the bell pepper lengthwise.

2 Roast the vegetables:

Place the eggplant and bell pepper on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Arrange in a single, even layer and roast 13 to 15 minutes, or until softened and browned. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Roast the vegetables:
Make the sumac mayonnaise & vinaigrette:
3 Make the sumac mayonnaise & vinaigrette:

While the vegetables roast, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sumac, garlic paste and the juice of 1 lemon wedge; season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Squeeze the juice of the remaining lemon wedges into a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until well combined.

4 Sear the halloumi:

While the vegetables continue to roast, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the halloumi cheese and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until browned and heated through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.

Sear the halloumi:
Toast the focaccia:
5 Toast the focaccia:

In the pan used to sear the halloumi, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the focaccia, cut sides down, and toast, occasionally pressing down on the slices, 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned and warmed through. Transfer to a clean, dry work surface to cool slightly.

6 Assemble the sandwich & salad:

Spread a thin layer of the sumac mayonnaise onto the cut sides of each toasted focaccia piece. Place 2 slices of the seared halloumi onto each focaccia bottom. Top with the roasted vegetables and a focaccia top. In a large bowl, combine the arugula, apple and enough of the vinaigrette to coat the salad (you may have extra); season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the sandwiches and salad between 2 dishes. Enjoy!

Assemble the sandwich & salad: