They’re basically mozzarella sticks for adults. Need we say more? Bonus points for finishing the golden nuggets with fried basil leaves.
Halloumi Nuggets with Marinara Dipping Sauce
What you will need :
1kg Mastros Dairy Halloumi PDO , cut into large bite sized cubes about 1 ½”
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
2 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
7 to 10 basil leaves
oil for frying
1 cup marinara sauce for serving
In batches, dredge cubes of halloumi into the flour, followed by the beaten eggs and finally the breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess after each coat.
Transfer prepared nuggets to a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack and repeat until all nuggets have been coated.
Place baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours (you can also freeze them at this time for a later use.
Pour 2 inches oil into a large skillet and preheat to 350˚F.
In batches, carefully add piece to the oil and fry for about 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
Using a slotted spoon transfer nuggets to a clean cooling rack lined baking sheet and lightly season with salt and pepper. Repeat until all nuggets have been fried.
Transfer all halloumi nuggets to a platter, garnish with fried basil and serve with warm or cold marinara sauce.