Fig, Haloumi And Fresh Za’atar Leaves

By Michael Rantissi and Kirsty Frawley

Fig, Haloumi And Fresh Za’atar Leaves
These Middle Eastern Fig, Haloumi And Fresh Za’atar Leaves are the perfect starter for your next dinner party.

Serves 4 as a starter


125ml (½ cup) light olive oil

500g haloumi, cut into 8 slices

235g (⅔ cup) honey

4 figs, halved lengthways

6g (½ cup) za’atar leaves or oregano leaves

100g walnuts, lightly toasted


Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the haloumi and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

Remove any excess oil from the pan, leaving the haloumi in the pan, and add the honey. Increase the heat to high and allow the honey to reduce slightly. It will become sticky and glossy. Add the figs and cook until warmed through.

Arrange the haloumi and figs on a platter, scatter with the za’atar or oregano and the walnuts, and spoon over the warm honey. Serve.



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