Halloumi and Prosciutto Panini

September 26, 2010
4 Ratings
  • Makes 1 Sandwich
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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23 Reviews

edamame2003 October 15, 2010
TiggyBee-I've made this twice since you've posted the recipe. Its a new favorite-thank you!
Sagegreen October 2, 2010
What a perfect combination!
luvcookbooks September 30, 2010
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.
TiggyBee September 30, 2010
Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!! : )
TheWimpyVegetarian September 29, 2010
LOVE the use of halloumi here!! This looks great - I'm going to hunt down some of this great cheese this weekend :-)
TiggyBee September 30, 2010
Thank you so much!! Hope it's not too hard to find for you!! : )
testkitchenette September 29, 2010
Love halloumi and what a great new application and joining of flavors...good going TiggyBee!
TiggyBee September 29, 2010
Thank you so much testkitchenette! I appreciate your words!!
thirschfeld September 28, 2010
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.
TiggyBee September 29, 2010
I really appreciate that thirschfeld, thanks very much!!
theicp September 28, 2010
Love grilled haloumi!!
TiggyBee September 28, 2010
Me too! It's really amazing stuff!!
mklug September 27, 2010
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?
TiggyBee September 27, 2010
That's funny!! I looked online and you can get it here:
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!
mklug September 28, 2010
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!)
edamame2003 September 30, 2010
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.
halfasiangirl September 27, 2010
Excellent idea with the halloumi!
TiggyBee September 27, 2010
Thanks so much!! : )
edamame2003 September 26, 2010
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 son and his friends call halloumi squeaky cheese because it squeaks when you chew it :)
TiggyBee September 27, 2010
That's so funny, squeaky cheese!! I may have to change the name.. ; )
lapadia September 26, 2010
YUM, TibbyBee!! All of my favorites in one sandwich, great photo too. Thanks for sharing on Food52...
lapadia September 26, 2010
TiggyBee...slip of my finger on the keyboard...oops!
TiggyBee September 27, 2010
Thanks lapadia!! : ) I hope you will try it!!