Christmas Halloumi Tree

December, 2020

These Halloumi Trees make a cute addition to your festive luch or dinner. You can swap the halloumi for any hard cheese such as cheddar, Swiss or gouda. Get creative with hummus and different pesto flavours or a salsa. The ribbons will also work with carrot, eggplant or cucumber. 

Christmas Halloumi Tree

Makes 12

Ingredients
  • 1 small baguette (baguettine)

  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 tbs pesto - why not try making it yourself with this recipe

  • 1 small zucchini

  • 100g halloumi


You will need 12 toothpicks or skewers to make the trees

Method
  1. Slice the baguette into 12 rounds

  2. Heat the oil in a large fy pan on medium heat

  3. Toast the bread in the pan, flipping after 1-2 minutes to rown each side. 

  4. Remove the bread from the pan and set aside to cool

  5. Peel the zucchini lengthways into ribbons (note try to make them as wide as possible) and add to the fry pan. Toss for 1 minute until just soft and remove

  6. Next, create 1cm slices of halloumi and cook these in the fry pan on each side until brown

  7. Slice halloumi so that you have 12 triangles (you may have  some left over ends which you can eat or add to another dish). If you want to get really creative you can even cut the cheese into a star shape

  8. Lay the baguette on a platter or plate and spoon pesto onto each one

  9. Now for the fun (but fidly) part. Create a "tree" with the zucchini ribbons by weaving 2-3 ribbons onto the toothpick or skewer

  10. Place the halloumi "star" on top and then stick a tree into each baguette round

  11. Now you're ready to wow your guests!

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© Talia Cecchele, 2020