I had dinner with a friend at a lovely Middle Eastern restaurant the other night. It was all served tapas-style so we got to taste lots of little plates of deliciousness. One of the dishes was super simple yet divine, and I wondered why I had never thought of it before – pan-fried haloumi drizzled with honey and sprinkled with za’atar.
Za’atar is a spice mix made with dried thyme, sumac and sesame seeds. You can pick it up from specialty food stores or Middle Eastern delis.
I gave the haloumi dish a go at home and it was just as delicious as the restaurant’s.
There is no recipe as such, just pan-fry thick slices of haloumi in oil over high. Then add as much or as little honey and za’atar as you like. Eat straight from the pan as we did, or serve with some warmed pita breads.