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Halloumi casserole with crispy garlic breadcrumbs

Halloumi casserole with crispy garlic breadcrumbs - a seriously tasty Mediterranean-inspired vegetarian casserole with squidgy halloumi cheese, tons of veggies, a rich tomato sauce, and crispy garlic breadcrumbs!

What do you get when you take one of the greatest ingredients known to man (squidgy, squeaky halloumi cheese), and combine it with heaps of veggies, a rich tomato sauce, and crispy garlic breadcrumbs? Halloumi casserole! I usually opt for beans for protein when I make a casserole, but halloumi is a great option for something a bit different. I’d never put it in a casserole before, but it worked so well!

Halloumi casserole with crispy garlic breadcrumbs - a seriously tasty Mediterranean-inspired vegetarian casserole with squidgy halloumi cheese, tons of veggies, a rich tomato sauce, and crispy garlic breadcrumbs!

In case you’re not too familiar with halloumi (where have you beeeeen?!), it’s unusual in that it doesn’t melt like most other cheeses – it holds its shape when it’s heated, and just becomes nice and soft and squidgy. It’s brilliant in this rich and tomatoey casserole – in amongst all the veggies, you get the odd mouthful of salty cheese, which is just amazing. And with plenty of black olives and the garlic breadcrumbs on top… this is definitely one of my favourite recipes in a while!

Halloumi casserole with crispy garlic breadcrumbs - a seriously tasty Mediterranean-inspired vegetarian casserole with squidgy halloumi cheese, tons of veggies, a rich tomato sauce, and crispy garlic breadcrumbs!

I made sure I added plenty of vegetables to my halloumi casserole to balance out all that cheese. Onion, peppers, courgette (zucchini), mushrooms – all sorts of Mediterranean-style veggies which go perfectly in the rich tomato sauce. Feel free to skip the black olives if you’re not a fan, but I think they’re another little treat that make this casserole feel really special.

Halloumi casserole with crispy garlic breadcrumbs - a seriously tasty Mediterranean-inspired vegetarian casserole with squidgy halloumi cheese, tons of veggies, a rich tomato sauce, and crispy garlic breadcrumbs!

Just stick a big green salad on the side (or some more garlic bread??), and you’ve got a brilliant dinner. I actually thought it tasted even better reheated in the oven the next day – the sauce was even thicker and richer, and the garlic breadcrumbs were even crispier. So this halloumi casserole would be perfect for a dinner party – prepare it in advance, and just pop it in the oven to reheat when your guests arrive (something like 25 minutes at a medium-low heat). It’s something a little different that everyone will love.

Halloumi casserole with crispy garlic breadcrumbs - a seriously tasty Mediterranean-inspired vegetarian casserole with squidgy halloumi cheese, tons of veggies, a rich tomato sauce, and crispy garlic breadcrumbs!

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5 from 11 votes

Halloumi casserole with crispy garlic breadcrumbs

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 4 people
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

For the tomatoey halloumi casserole:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced (I used red and yellow)
  • 1 medium courgette (zucchini), diced
  • ~ 5 medium mushrooms, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 225 g halloumi cheese, diced (~ 1 1/2 cups when diced)
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes (~ 2 2/3 cups in total)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 150 g (~ 1 cup) black olives
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp crushed chilli flakes
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

For the garlic bread topping:

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Few sprigs fresh parsley
  • 3 slices bread, torn into a few pieces
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok, and add the chopped vegetables (onion, peppers, courgette, mushrooms). Cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat, stirring regularly, until the vegetables are fairly soft. Add the minced garlic and diced halloumi, and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Next add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, black olives, oregano, paprika, and chilli flakes. Season to taste (remember the halloumi is quite salty, so don't go overboard with the salt). Mix well, and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the sauce has become fairly rich and thick.
  • Meanwhile, add the garlic, parsley, bread, melted butter and olive oil to a food processor, along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Blitz well to give garlic breadcrumbs.
  • Transfer the halloumi mixture to a casserole dish, and sprinkle over the garlic breadcrumbs. Bake at 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F) for around 15-20 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and crispy.
  • Either serve immediately, or reheat the next day for an even richer casserole - straight from the fridge, it will take about 25 minutes at 180°C (Gas Mark 4 / 350°F).

 

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/4 of the recipe.

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Annie

Friday 15th of November 2019

Hi Becca, I have made this several times and each time I have it, I have forgotten how yummy it is, probably the best way to eat halliumi . Many thanks annie

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Saturday 16th of November 2019

Thanks Annie, glad you liked it!

Abby Munro

Monday 26th of August 2019

Made this yesterday and it was yummo! My first recipe I have tried from your blog. I can’t wait to try some more! 

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Monday 30th of September 2019

Yay! I hope you find plenty more here that you enjoy :)

Mimi Smissen

Saturday 13th of July 2019

Delicious.  This is one of my favourite recipes which I turn to again and again. Thank you Becca.

Leah

Monday 9th of April 2018

Great recipe! I was searching the internet for a different halloumi recipe - was bored of all of my usual ones. This one is definitely going to stay in my rotation. Absolutely delicious! Next time I think I'm going to add some lentils to make it a bit heartier. Thanks for the great recipe!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

Lentils would be a great addition! I have lots more halloumi recipes if you're still looking for some more inspiration :D http://amuse-your-bouche.com/tag/halloumi

Sanne

Sunday 29th of October 2017

Just made it and it is beyond great! I totally live halloumi, usually just bake it and put it in top of couscous.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Wednesday 1st of November 2017

Yay thanks Sanne! I'm usually not too adventurous with halloumi either so I was really good I tried it this way!

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