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So these garnered a lot of attention on Instagram when I posted them as my lunch one day! Ever since I tried Rad Burger’s Halloumi Fries I’ve wanted to create my own, but in the air fryer (because who wants to mess around with a deep fat fryer at home?) and I’ve finally nailed it: soft, squeaky pieces of halloumi, gently spiced with Ras el Hanout and given a crisp coating before being fried until golden with barely any oil and served with a scattering of mint and a good dollop of chilli ketchup for dipping.
Of course, you can use any spice here, depending on what vibe you’re going for. I think Ras el Hanout works really well the the local chilli ketchup I keep in my fridge door – Carrington Foods’ Hot Hot Chillichup – but if, say, I decided to go with Celebrate What You Eat’s GinChup which has more of an Indian vibe (they gifted me a tube a while back and I’m obsessed with it for dipping homemade chips) Garam Masala, Chaat Masala or even just a dash of cumin would be a better shout.
You’ll also notice from the ingredients list that I use matzo meal as my breadcrumb coating. I talk about what this Jewish pantry staple is and how to use it here, and while you could use panko or regular dried breadcrumbs instead, I find that matzo meal makes a stronger, crisper coating that keeps all that delicious, gooey cheese in check as it melts.
Also, I’m slightly obsessed with Bertolli’s new olive oil spray so I can use just the teensiest bit so my eggs don’t stick in the morning, for cooking steaks and for barbecuing, and that is what I spritz on the fries before they go in the air fryer to get them that lovely uniform golden coating, but if you can’t find it or rather not your fries will still come out fine, their colouring might just be a bit patchier than in these photos!
These easy Air Fryer Halloumi Fries are delicious to enjoy with drinks before dinner, or as an easy appetiser to enjoy in front of the TV!
1 x 250g (9 oz) block halloumi
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp ras el hanout
olive oil spray
chilli ketchup, for serving
roughly chopped fresh mint, for serving
Drain the halloumi and pat dry. Cut lengthways into fry sized matchsticks.
In a small, shallow dish mix together the flour and ras el hanout. Beat the egg in another, and pour out enough matzo meal to generously cover the bottom in a third.
Dredge the halloumi pieces first in the flour mix, then the egg, then the matzo meal. I use one hand for the egg and another for the dry ingredients to stop my fingers getting breaded!
Transfer the fries to the air fryer basket and spritz with a little oil. Cook for 20 minutes on 200 celcius (390 fahrenheit) until crisp and golden. Serve scattered with mint and with chilli ketchup for dipping.
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