Since we moved into our new home I have been more conscious about food waste. Right before we moved in, we collected all of our tins, spices, fruit and veg from our old house to bring over to our new home. I resisted the urge to go to the supermarket as I didn’t want to throw away any of this perfectly usable food, so I created a few recipes to try and use up as much of the food we already had as possible and this Halloumi Recipe with roasted sweet potato mash was created for this purpose!
We had some sweet potatoes left over and a packet of our delicious Organic British Halloumi cheese so I chucked in some great spices and created a really easy Halloumi Recipe that makes an excellent midweek meal for 2!
As you may have guessed, we LOVE spicy food so the mash has quite a kick. It really balances out the sweetness of the sweet potato but if you aren’t keen on chilli then by all means give it a miss.
Halloumi Recipe Ingredients
- 5 medium sweet potatoes (Approx. 700g in weight), peeled and chopped into 2cm chunks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of black mustard seeds
- 1 tablespoon of chilli flakes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
- 1 packet of our Organic British Halloumi cheese, sliced into 6 equal slices
- 250g of fresh or frozen peas
Set the oven to 200. Arrange the sweet potato in one layer on a baking tray. Evenly sprinkle over the mustard seeds, chilli flakes, cumin seeds and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with the olive oil and rub lightly with your hands to ensure all pieces are covered. Place in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft.
When the sweet potatoes have 5 minutes to go, heat a frying pan (no need for oil) over a high heat. When the pan is hot add in the Halloumi slices. The cheese will start to release some liquid. Once most of that liquid has dried up (usually takes a couple of minutes) the Halloumi should have some colour on one side, so flip over and again wait for most of the liquid to dry up. Once both sides are nice and brown, the Halloumi is ready.
Finally put a little water in a pan and briefly boil the peas – I only cook them for a minute so they are still fresh and retain some bite (if fresh, frozen are cooked in seconds!).
Remove the sweet potato from the oven and place into a large bowl. Mash it up with a potato masher, taste and adjust the seasoning if required.
Pop the sweet potato in the middle of the plate, surround it with lush green peas and place the Halloumi on top and you are all ready to enjoy!