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Harissa Fried Halloumi Panini

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"Upgrade your grilled cheese with Halloumi. Then add the heat with North African harissa. You could also grill these on an indoor grill pan over medium heat."
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45 m servings 381
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 sandwiches)


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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook until very tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a separate skillet. Stir in harissa sauce.
  2. Brush both sides of eggplant slices with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Add 1/2 of the eggplant slices to the skillet. Cook until browned and tender, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining slices; keep warm.
  3. Sprinkle Halloumi with remaining 1/8 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Add 1/2 of the Halloumi to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining slices.
  4. Layer eggplant slices, bell pepper mixture, and Halloumi on 4 bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices. Spread outsides of sandwiches with butter.
  5. Transfer 2 sandwiches to the large skillet; cover sandwiches with a plate weighted with cans of food. Cook until heated through and toasted, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can substitute red bell pepper for the yellow bell pepper and mayonnaise for butter.
  • To keep sodium in check, look for Halloumi with 350 mg sodium or less per ounce. In place of the Halloumi, try tofu. Use 8 slices extra-firm tofu (not silken). Pat dry with paper towels. Season tofu with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Cook tofu in a skillet for 3 minutes per side.
  • Find the recipe for Chef John's Harissa Sauce at

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 381 calories; 24.4 34 8.8 31 490 Full nutrition

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This panino is delicious. Harissa is my new favorite condiment. Serve it on the side to dip your sandwich in. You’ll definitely want more than the 2 tbsp listed. I can’t figure out the need to d...