Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chorizo and halloumi bake (after Nigella...)

Photo: Penny Williams

No wonder I couldn't find this one in any of my Nigella cookbooks! It's been so long since I actually consulted the recipe - I actually couldn't quite remember the name of it. As it turns out, Nigella's recipe uses Merguez sausages, and I have always used chorizo. Looking up "Chorizo" in the index was no help at all. Thank goodness for Google! I just adore this recipe - it is good for both midweek dinners all the way up to dinner parties - all you need to do is adjust the amount of ingredients you put in. For example, for the 2 of us, I just out in a couple of potatoes, 1 onion, whereas the quantities are easily changed to feed many more. And, even better, if you are trying to limit your own consumption of carbs, you can fill up your plate with vegetables and you'll never feel as though you are missing out.

Chorizo and Halloumi bake (for 2 - adjust quantities for larger groups)
Adjusted from Merguez with halloumi and flame roasted peppers - Nigella Express


2 chorizo sausages
125gm halloumi cheese
2 potatoes
1 onion
1 each of red, green and yellow capsicum (bell peppers)
a handful of cherry tomatoes (please feel free to substitute regular cut up tomaotes if that is what you have)
To serve: crusty bread and baby spinach or other greenery


1. Cut potatoes and onions into chunks and put into a roasting pan.
2. Slice the capsicums and add them to the pan.
3. Roast for approximately 1 hour at 200 degrees Celsius, until the potatoes are cooked (if you find everything else has cooked too quickly, you can take out the onion and capsicum.
4. Add the cut up chorizo sausage, and sliced halloumi.
5. Add the chorizo, halloumi and halved cherry tomatoes to the pan (put the onions and capsicums back in if you have removed them
5. Return everything to the oven and cook until the halloumi is melting and the chorizo is browned. It should take about 10-15 minutes.
6. Serve with crusty bread and baby spinach.

Photo: Penny Williams

I am sitting here in the lounge room in front of the heater. The cat seems to be enjoying the warmth far more than I am though....Just a perfect expression of a lazy Sunday evening...

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