Move over mozzarella sticks. These salty French fry-like cheese sticks are our new number one.
Cut and fried the right way, salty, slightly tangy halloumi cheese from Cyprus makes the best damn cheese fries you've ever had. The cheese is typically grilled or pan-fried because it gets golden and crisp without melting into a big mess. Instead, halloumi cheese softens ever so slightly. Don’t be intimidated by the frying part: it's easy.
Traditionally made from a mixture of goat and sheep’s milk, halloumi cheese has some similarities to mozzarella or feta. It’s brined which gives it that recognizable and irresistible salty snap. When dusted in a mixture of flour and cornstarch before dipping in a hot pan, it becomes crispy finger-food, just like fries.
Here's how to make halloumi cheese fries:
Cut 8 oz. halloumi cheese, into 1/2-inch thick sticks. In a large bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons each all-purpose flour and cornstarch. Add halloumi and toss to coat. Heat a combination of 2 tablespoons each olive oil and vegetable oil (or another neutral oil) in a large skillet. Add halloumi and cook, turning often, until golden brown all over, 3 to 4 minutes, adjusting the heat between medium and medium-high if the pan is getting too hot. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve these warm.
A yogurt sauce with a kick is great for dipping these crispy fries. Just mix 1/4 cup plain yogurt with 2 to 3 teaspoons harissa and a pinch of salt.
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You can now find halloumi cheese at most grocery stores in the cheese department, including Trader Joe's. Enjoy your new favorite cheese sticks alone or serve alongside any other dish you’d want fries with, like a nice juicy burger.
And breaking news: Aldi grocery store in the United Kingdom will be the first supermarket to carry halloumi fries in the UK. Starting on May 18, halloumi fries will be found in the frozen food section of the discount grocery store for £1.39. TBD when and if these will make it to the U.S. So in the meantime, whip up a batch yourself, ASAP.