Casablanca Market sent me a jar of their Moroccan Harissa and my wheels started turning! It took me back to the U.K. where harissa is offered somewhere on most menus, so I started thinking of some of my other U.K. favorites. Halloumi is definitely another one of those items that is under-appreciated in the U.S., so, I present to you, Halloumi Sticks with Harissa Mayo! Move over mozzarella sticks, this sturdy cheese is the perfect finger food and goes oh so well with spicy Moroccan mayo in this Mom Uptown Original Recipe!
Serves 2-4 as a starter or side
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
- 2 cups Vegetable Oil
- 8.8oz/250g block Halloumi
- 1/2 cup Flour
- 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Sour Cream
- 1 Tbsp Casablanca Market Moroccan Harissa
Combine the flour and paprika in a shallow bowl, whisking to ensure it is well-combined. Set aside.
Add the oil to a small saucepan and heat on high until oil starts to pop, or sizzles when a drip of water or pinch of flour is dropped in.
While the oil is heating, pat the halloumi dry with a paper towel and then cut into strips, about 3/4″ x 1/4″. Press each strip into the flour mixture so the flour adheres to all sides. Once the oil is ready, drop the halloumi strips in, working in two batches.
Fry until golden on all sides, 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and rest for a minute on a paper towel-lined plate.
While the halloumi sticks are frying, mix together the Harissa Mayo ingredients.
Plate the sticks and on a plate and serve with the mayo dipping sauce. Enjoy!