Za’atared halloumi chips

I first encountered halloumi chips (or halloumi fries as they are often called) at Maltby Street market. They were being sold at the Oli Babas stand (which has now moved to Camden market), which was billed as being ‘the original creators’, founded in 2014. I’m not sure exactly what they are claiming to have created, but halloumi has been heated and grilled for centuries and za’atar has been sprinkled over things in the same broad vicinity for centuries also.

Halloumi fries on sale at Oli Babas stand

Indeed, the key ingredients here are the halloumi (you can find out more about this best-when-fried  cheese by clicking this link) and the za’atar (you can find out more about this spice mix by following this link).

The optional extras aren’t optional exactly, you definitely need some, but you don’t need all of them and you can use them in different combinations. For example, you can add mint to the yoghurt sauce, or you can snip over… or both. Here are some links to various yoghurt recipes on Saucy Dressings:

These cheese chips are good with a drink… or they can constitute a whole meal. If you fill a flatbread with shredded lettuce and a slurp of yoghurt sauce, you have a good lunch.

I got the idea (in the featured image at the top of this post) for adding beetroot powder to the yoghurt from Laura Washburn’s book, Fries. Washburn uses real beetroot, but I find the beetroot powder is very convenient, and, of course, it’s a pretty colour.

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