If you’re hosting a Christmas party with friends or family, then these hot honey halloumi fingers will be the perfect snack to whip out.
These sweet and salty bites are positively addictive and are served with hot honey – which is where honey has been infused with fresh red chilli to give it a pleasing kick of heat. These make the perfect partner to a refreshingly festive cocktail, too.
The recipe makes more hot honey than you need but it keeps well and is great for livening up leftovers.
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- 16 serving(s)
- Prep Time:
- 25 mins
- Cook Time:
- 25 mins
- Total Time:
- 50 mins
- 125 g
red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp.
dried chilli flakes (optional)
finely grated zest 1/2 lime and 2tsp juice
x 225-250g blocks halloumi, we used Odysea Premium, see GH TIP
- 60 g
- 1 1/2 tbsp.
small handful mint leaves, shredded
- Step 1For the hot honey, in a small pan mix the honey, fresh and dried (if using) chilli and gently heat until just starting to bubble, about 5min. Remove from heat and stir in the lime zest and juice. Set aside until needed.
- Step 2Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6 and line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. Cut each block of halloumi into 8 narrow fingers. Sprinkle the polenta on a plate and dip each finger in polenta, pressing to coat. Arrange on the baking sheet, spacing apart.
- Step 3Drizzle the oil over the halloumi and cook in the oven for 20min, turning halfway, or until golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and pile on to a serving plate. Drizzle over 3-4tbsp of the honey mixture and finish with a sprinkle of mint. Serve immediately.
GET AHEAD: Make honey mixture up to a week ahead, cool and chill in an airtight container or jar. Prepare halloumi to end of step 2 up to a day ahead; chill (uncovered). Complete recipe to serve.
GH TIP: It’s worth splashing out on a good halloumi for this, as it will contain less water and so hold its shape better during cooking. It’s not the end of the world if your halloumi fingers spread out though – they will still be delicious!
Per halloumi finger:
- Calories: 125
- Protein: 7g
- Fat: 8g
- Saturates: 5g
- Carbs: 7g
- Total sugars: 4g
- Fibre: 0g