Saturday, 22 December 2012

Mini Halloumi Tarts

mini halloumi tarts in a mini muffin pan
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Here's my next Christmas canapé recipe. These little halloumi tarts can be baked in advance and frozen until needed. Defrost for a couple of hours then warm up before eating...et voilà!

Makes approx 24 mini tarts.
  • 8oz/200g halloumi cheese grated
  • 4 fl oz/100ml Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium egg
  • ½ tsp dried oregano plus 1 tsp chopped, fresh dill 
  • 10oz/250g (½ pack) ready-made shortcrust pastry
Preheat the oven to 190C/180C Fan/Gas 5/375F.
Mix the grated halloumi with the yogurt, egg and herbs.
Roll out the pastry on a floured board, to around the thickness of a one pound coin (about 3-4 mm or a 16th of an inch).
Lightly grease a 24 hole mini muffin pan.
Cut out 24x3.5"/9 cm circles...you may need to re-roll the pastry scraps for the final few!
Pop the pastry circles into the pan and press down (I used the end of my rolling pin for this, but you can buy this nifty little gadget from Amazon which is purpose made for the job!)
Generously fill each pastry case with the cheese mixture. 
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the pan. Serve straight away or cool and freeze until needed.

Top tip: Grate the halloumi with a food processor or use a hand grater and chop up any bits that don't make it through the grater!
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11 comments:

  1. Yummm! I adore halloumi, I've never had it grated though, usually just in a big slab. Will have to try these!

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    1. I love halloumi too...hope you like the tarts!

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  2. Oh yum I love haloumi. What a fab idea!

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  3. Definitely going to try these - do you think they'd work without the pastry cases or is the filling runny?

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    1. Louise - They do need some kind of pastry case, but you could use filo instead. I tried making a variation without pastry and they stuck to the tin!

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  4. I am a BIG halloumi lover and they look lush! I just popped over to wish you a very happy New Year! Love Karen xxxx

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    1. Thanks Karen...Happy New Year to you too x

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  5. Did these with the kids today. Nice, very nice!! Obviously I dont need food at the moment (slightly excessive Christmas)but I just had to have half a dozen this evening with a glass of wine!

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    1. Lol, glad you liked them. We have plenty of New Year nibbles to finish off this week.

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