dinner/lunch recipes

Asparagus and Halloumi

Since I’m away from home 12 hours a day for work, I don’t have much time left for cooking. I discovered that I can do something quickly in the morning, to take with me for lunch and I’m doing this more often now. Few days ago I had a look in my fridge. Asparagus, butter, few kinds of cheese and puff pastry in the freezer. And I had this simple idea for a quick to make and possibly delicious snack for lunch.

When I showed it in the office to my colleagues, they were really surprised, that I made it quickly in the morning. And they were really envious, when after first bite I started to make “uhmmmmmm” “yuuuuummmmm” “nooooooom” kind of noises 😉 Turned out my quick morning idea was great! So I tried to make it again on my day off, took some pictures (it’s very photogenic!) and decided to share it with the rest of the world 🙂

Ingredients (makes 4)

1 square sheet of puff pastry

2 tbsp soft butter

4 slices halloumi cheese (I like the one with lots of pepper inside)


dried basil, sesame seeds to sprinkle


1. Cut pastry sheet into 4 squares. Place on a tray lined with baking paper.

2. Spread a little butter in the centre of each square and place a slice of halloumi in the middle (you may want to slightly grill the halloumi before). Cover with a few asparagus spears.

3. Pull up and join together two corners of each square (refer to photos). Spread the top with a little butter.

3. Sprinkle each pastry with dried basil and sesame seeds.

4. Bake in pre-heated oven (180◦C fan forced, 200◦C conventional) for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden.

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  • Reply
    penny aka jeroxie
    October 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I love this idea! I shall be back in time for more asparagus!

  • Reply
    Melissa Klotz
    October 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve never heard of halloumi cheese, looks tasty! These little guys really are quite photogenic.

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    Akazuki japan
    October 20, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Looks like very good but I’m afraid I can’t find any halloumi cheese in Japan. What else can suit??

    • Reply
      October 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Try feta cheese

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