The world has gone mad for halloumi – and rightly so.
If you don’t love it for its squeaky, salty taste, then you’re in it for the puns. Because, let’s face it, nothing is funnier than a cheese which sounds like it is greeting itself.
Not too long ago, everyone lost their minds when these fries appeared in Aldi’s frozen aisles. So I thought I’d try my hand at making these deep-fried cheesy straws…and boy are they easy!
Honestly, they took about 10 minutes from start to finish, cost little to nothing, and didn’t require any specialist equipment. The only downside is these have to be eaten straight away, don’t leave them to cool otherwise they’ll turn to rubber.
Makes around 15 fries
- 225g halloumi block
- 4 tbsp plain flour
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- salt & pepper
- 500ml vegetable oil
- Drain the halloumi block and slice into 1cm slices. Then cut these slices into 1cm straws. Mix the flour together with the paprika, salt and pepper, and spread evenly on a plate. Then roll the halloumi straws in the flour until they are well covered.
- Pour the oil into a medium saucepan and place on a moderate to high heat. Heat until the oil reaches 180ºC, or when a cube of bread browns in 20 seconds.
- Place two straws into the oil at a time and fry for around 2 minutes, until they are dark golden brown in colour. Once cooked, remove with a slotted spoon and place on some kitchen roll to soak up the excess oil. Serve immediately.