Halloumi and Prosciutto Panini

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Author Notes: My twist on the age-old ham and cheese. I was trying to come up with a way to serve a grilled ham and cheese that would still taste great cold and I thought that Halloumi cheese may be the answer since it doesn't really melt, (therefore, it won't get greasy like other previously melted cheese tends to do when cold) also, it's the only cheese that I know of that can be grilled on it's own. I made this last night, took it out of the fridge early this morning to warm it to room temp and added the basil to the sandwich. The flavors were really more than I was expecting. The mascarpone added a wonderful creaminess to the sandwich and really complimented the texture of the Halloumi and ever so slightly, softened the saltiness of the prosciutto. TiggyBee

Makes 1 sandwich

  • 2 Slices of classic Italian bread
  • Pan grilled Halloumi cheese
  • 2 Slices of prosciutto
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Lightly grilled red onion slices
  • Butter for outside of bread
  1. Slice the halloumi cheese width-wise and add to a sauté pan. Grill it until both sides are a nice golden brown.
  2. Assemble sandwich and place on panini press, adding the fresh basil after sandwich has cooled.
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Tags: brown bag lunch, grilled cheese, savory

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almost 4 years ago edamame2003

TiggyBee-I've made this twice since you've posted the recipe. Its a new favorite-thank you!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

What a perfect combination!

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about 4 years ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

brilliant recipe again!! can't wait to see the epc review of the drunken raspberry and portly pear pie
bought all the ingredients but day job intervened and we had to eat the raspberries and pears in their raw state.
still hopeful for the future.

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about 4 years ago TiggyBee

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!! : )

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about 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

LOVE the use of halloumi here!! This looks great - I'm going to hunt down some of this great cheese this weekend :-)

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about 4 years ago TiggyBee

Thank you so much!! Hope it's not too hard to find for you!! : )

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about 4 years ago testkitchenette

Love halloumi and what a great new application and joining of flavors...good going TiggyBee!

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about 4 years ago TiggyBee

Thank you so much testkitchenette! I appreciate your words!!

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about 4 years ago thirschfeld

so many recipes and so many things to try and never enough time in the day but this is getting saved to my recipes and is on the short list.

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about 4 years ago TiggyBee

I really appreciate that thirschfeld, thanks very much!!

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about 4 years ago meredithhimelfarb

Love grilled haloumi!!

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about 4 years ago TiggyBee

Me too! It's really amazing stuff!!

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about 4 years ago mklug

I don't think I've ever seen halloumi at the store here--is there any good substitute or do I have to save this recipe for when I move out of the sticks?

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about 4 years ago TiggyBee

That's funny!! I looked online and you can get it here:
http://www.igourmet.com...
If you have any Greek markets in your area, they would probably carry it as well. I'm not sure about substituting feta, even though the consistency is similar, I think it's really too salty. That's a good question for foodpickle. I hope you will try it and hope you you'll love it too!

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about 4 years ago mklug

Thanks for the link...I think I'll have to try that. I've heard about halloumi before, and so I may just pony up and order online. The recipe sounds delish!
(I wish we had a Greek market, or an asian market, or a farmer's market around here!)

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about 4 years ago edamame2003

I recently discovered a cow's milk grill cheese from Brunkow Farms--its made specifically for grilling in the scandinavian tradition of juustalepia. If you're in the mid-west its sold at farmers markets and Whole Foods--I enjoyed it at Lollapalooza, where they grilled it on a stick and put various sauces on top. Also provolone, if you can't find grill cheese--it will grill, but not as well as halloumi and the brunkow.

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about 4 years ago halfasiangirl

Excellent idea with the halloumi!

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about 4 years ago TiggyBee

Thanks so much!! : )

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about 4 years ago edamame2003

YUM is right TiggyBee! I have all the ingredients in my fridge except for marscapone and a panini press. I can't wait to try this...my son and his friends call halloumi squeaky cheese because it squeaks when you chew it :)

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about 4 years ago TiggyBee

That's so funny, squeaky cheese!! I may have to change the name.. ; )

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about 4 years ago lapadia

YUM, TibbyBee!! All of my favorites in one sandwich, great photo too. Thanks for sharing on Food52...

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about 4 years ago lapadia

TiggyBee...slip of my finger on the keyboard...oops!

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about 4 years ago TiggyBee

Thanks lapadia!! : ) I hope you will try it!!