Happy September! Are you one of those people who believes it's autumn as soon as we reach September or are your feet firmly rooted in the idea that it's still summer until the 22nd? I must say, I fall into the latter category! Despite a decidedly lacklustre summer on the whole in these parts, the summer produce is still coming thick and fast and, much as I love apples and pears, it's summer stone fruit that has my heart. I relish the changing seasons and the incredible variety that goes along with them but I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to my nectarines just yet (cherries have gone already - sob!). Having said that, the reality is that my kitchen IS full of apples at the moment, kindly gifted to me by various family members and so I'd better start figuring out what I'm going to make with them! Please give me your suggestions in the comments!
Anyway, onto today's recipe. You know by now of my near-pathological obsession with halloumi cheese, as evidenced here, here and here (amongst others!). Well, I found another application for it. Oh, trust me, this is a good one. Harissa Halloumi Flatbreads with Red Peppers! Talk about a flavour bomb. I kid you not, this is the most flavourful thing to come out of my kitchen in months. And I mean, come on, it's all pretty delicious! But this takes the biscuit. You've got to make it. And soon! Make the most of the abundant red peppers at this time of year (I know you can get them all year round, but humour me). Just do it, I promise you it'll be worth it. And as I mentioned when I made my Smoky Cannellini Bean Nourish Bowls - it's all about the ramiro peppers, so please get those if you can!
In fact, these Harissa Halloumi Flatbreads are so simple to make! Grab some flatbreads (you can make your own but I've yet to find a recipe I really love, so I just used store-bought), spread them with an incredible pepper and harissa paste and top it all off with grated halloumi! Bake until golden and then cut into triangles and serve. This is perfect to serve as a part of a mezze dinner - I've served it with garlic butter flatbreads, padron peppers and a big salad and it was so satisfying. Great for sharing! But seriously, that pepper and harissa paste. The best. You could even make this using pizza dough if you wanted to, or puff pastry! That would be epic. Top it all off with a big handful of rocket leaves and get stuck in.
Harissa Halloumi Flatbreads with Red Peppers
- 1 red onion, finely diced
- 2 red peppers, preferably ramiro, finely diced
- 1 small bunch parsley, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 4 teaspoons concentrated tomato puree
- 2 tablespoons harissa
- 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 block halloumi, grated
- 2 flatbreads of choice - I used wholemeal khobez
- Preheat oven to 225C/450F. Heat 1 tablespoon olive or rapeseed oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion to the pan along with a pinch of salt and saute for 5-10 minutes until softened.1 red onion
- Add the peppers to the pan and saute for 5-10 minutes until softened. Add the parsley and garlic and cook for another minute.2 red peppers, preferably ramiro, 1 small bunch parsley, 2 cloves garlic
- Add the tomato puree, harissa, balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoons water and cook for 1-2 minutes until a thick paste has formed. Season with salt to taste.4 teaspoons concentrated tomato puree, 2 tablespoons harissa, 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- Spread the mixture over the flatbreads and top with the grated halloumi.1 block halloumi, 2 flatbreads of choice - I used wholemeal khobez
- Bake for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is golden and serve immediately.
Renee Gardner says
What a great use for flatbread!!
Jodie Morgan says
Love this! I'm a sucker for anything on bread and I am such a fan of halloumi. THese quick flatbreads look so good. Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks Jodie! Halloumi is the best.
Oh, wow, this looks delicious. I love flatbread, there are so many options. I have never heard of ramiro peppers either. I am in Florida, will have to check these out if I can find them.
Thanks April! I hope you can find them, they really are good!
I'm definitely on team Summer all year, hahaha! On another note, I'd eat this flatbread all year long, it looks amazing!
Haha, thanks Michelle!
I am totally torn, I LOVE the summer produce, but I crave the start of Fall because it brings cooler weather (we have had waaay too many 100+ days here this summer). These flat breads sound amazing, what a great snack to share with friends!
Oh wow, I'm sure it gets too much after not very long at all, but what I would give for one or two hot days like that! I'm definitely enjoying cosying up in sweaters and cooking with fall produce though!
Always a big fan of flatbreads! So perfect for the weekend. Also LOVE red pepper on everything!
Red peppers are delicious! Thanks Christine!
Monica | Nourish & Fete says
Count me in the quick to welcome fall camp - bring on all the baking and all the sweaters, haha! Anyway, what is it about flatbreads that always look and sound so delicious!? Pinning this one to try very soon. 🙂
Oh yes, baking and sweaters, two of my favourite things! Hope you enjoy the flatbreads, let me know what you think! 🙂
Prasanna Hede says
Absolute delicious food to fix.Stuffed Peppers were on my list for a while,bu now I can try this recipe instead.
Hope you love it, Prasanna!
Kim @ Three Olives Branch says
That pepper mixture looks amazing! I would put it on so many things! Such a fun flatbread recipe, yum!
Yes! Don't just reserve it for flatbreads, I'm sure it would be amazing used in all kinds of ways! Thanks Kim!
Aysegul Sanford says
I'm hungry just by looking at this. I would have never think of using halloumi in a flatbread, but it is such a great idea!
Thanks so much Aysegul! I'm forever dreaming up new ways to use halloumi, I love it!
Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade says
I've never heard of ramiro peppers, but I'm loving the bold and vibrant color of those peppers. Such a beautiful background for the cheese on the flatbread.
Thanks Karyl! You should really keep an eye out for ramiro peppers - they're so much sweeter than bell peppers!
My boyfriend would love this! We're both huge Harissa fans.
Thanks Cheryl! Harissa is really delicious, isn't it?
Dominique | Perchance to Cook says
Yum, yum, yum! I want to eat this with a few drinks for happy hour today. So much flavor and so appetizing!
Oh that sounds like a great idea! Thanks Dominique!
Aditi Bahl says
This looks awesome. Would love to try this.thanks for sharing
Analida Braeger says
Flatbreads are so versatile, a blank canvas really! I need to pickup to harissa at Trader Joe's! This looks so good!
They really are! Hope you give this a try!