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Halloumi Banh Mi Pita with Green Sauce

Updated: Sep 8, 2021




Recipe from https://www.gatheratable.com/blog/halloumi-banh-mi-sandwich


HALLOUMI BANH MI PITA WITH GREEN SAUCE

Serves 4


FOR THE PICKLED VEGETABLES

1 cup julienned carrots

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons sugar

1 cup water

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and let sit for at least 1 hour, covered, at room temperature. Store in the fridge until ready to use.



FOR THE HALLOUMI

1 200g block halloumi, sliced into ¼ inch strips

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon black sesame seeds

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and let it warm up for a minute. Pour the soy sauce and maple syrup and fry the halloumi slices for 2-3 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Add the sesame seeds and transfer to a plate. If your skillet is smaller, work in batches until you’ve fried all the halloumi.



FOR THE GREEN SAUCE

1 clove garlic

1 jalapeno

1 bunch cilantro, stemmed

½ cup mayonnaise

In a small chopper, blend all the ingredients until smooth. Transfer to a jar and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.


FOR THE SANDWICHES

2 large pitas, cut in half

Cilantro leaves

Chili oil or sliced chile pepper, or both

To assemble the sandwiches, warm your pitas however you’d like. Smear a tablespoon of green sauce on the inside and stuff with halloumi slices, pickled vegetables, and cilantro. Drizzle some chili oil and enjoy!


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