Grilled Haloumi and Relish in a Bun


So the other day I was in Brisbane, where I run an ‘introduction to solids‘ workshop to a group of lovely mums. Later on, I was taken to the finder-keepers market by my beautiful niece. We had a wonderful time looking at all the gorgeous stuff that’s designed or made by Australians. It was indeed a walk into instagram goodies everywhere. Of course when hunger struck we had to stop looking and start eating! Luckily those days, at events like these, you can buy wonderful meals from food trucks. I surely did as I got myself a wonderful grilled haloumi in a beetroot and pineapple relish! I forgot to ask for the recipe, those guys were so busy anyway. Here I tried to reproduce it to the best of my ability!
Gluten-free adaptable: use gluten free bread.
NB: Haloumi is way too salty, so slice it and put it in water overnight!

Preparation: 15min. Cooking: 45

  • Buns of choice: 4
  • Haloumi: 250g, sliced
  • Beetroot: 200g, peeled and chopped in quarters
  • Pineapple:100g, prepared in large pieces
  • Onion: red or brown, 1 chopped finely
  • Vinegar cider or red wine: 150ml
  • Mustard seeds: 1tsp
  • Olive oil: 2tbsp
  • Sugar:1tsp -I know sugar gets a bad press and I hardly use sugar when I cook, i think though in this recipe, it is important to caramelise the onion. Then it is up to you what you choose.
  • Spinach for garnish.

Let's do it:

  1. In a piece of foil, place pineapple and beetroot drizzled with 1tbsp olive oil and seasoned with pepper, think twice about adding salt if your Haloumi is still very salty.
  2. Cook in the oven for about 30min at 180C, until tender.
  3. In the meantime, cook mustard seeds, onion, 1tsp olive oil in a saucepan and sugar, until soft, over medium heat.
  4. Caramelise the onion over the next 10min.
  5. Now add the beetroot and pineapple pieces to the saucepan.
  6. Stir over medium heat and deglaze with vinegar.
  7. Reduce heat to simmer for about 5min.
  8. On a griddle pan or bbq, grill the slices of haloumi.
  9. Slice the buns in the middle and place in oven for a few minutes if you wish.
  10. Process the relish in a coarse pulp, taste for seasoning.
  11. Prepare the burgers.

Bon appétit!

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