Za'atar crumbed Mainland Haloumi Nuggets


  •   700g Mainland Haloumi cheese, diced 2cm x 2cm

Flour Coating

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Pinch of black pepper

Egg Coating

  • 2eggs
  • 50ml Anchor Blue Top Milk
  • Pinch of black pepper

Za'atar Crumb Coating

  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbspn Zaatar
  • 1/4 tspn garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper



  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt and black pepper.
  2. In a second small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs with milk and black pepper.
  3. In a third small bowl, whisk together panko breadcrumbs, Zaatar, dried parsley, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Dip each piece first into the flour mixture and shake off any excess. Then dip into the egg mixture and let any excess drip off. Last, dip into the panko breadcrumb mixture. Repeat until all are breaded.
  5. Deep fry at 170c until they are golden brown all around.
  6. Take out of the oil and place on a plate with a paper towel to soak any excess oil.
  7. Toss in a bowl bowl with salt, chilli honey, chopped chilli and fresh mint.
  8. Serve with Labneh smeared on the base, top with nuggets and finish with a fine grate of Mainland Parmesan.

Lemon Herb Labneh

  • 2 Tbsp mint, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp basil, chopped
  • 250gDe Winkel Yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon zest   


  1. Labneh-Hang yoghurt in an oil filter and strainer over a bowl in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours or until all the whey has strained from the yoghurt.
  2. Add chives, lemon zest & capers to labneh, season to taste.

Spiced Chilli Honey

  • 250g Floral New Zealand  honey
  • 2Tbspn Chilli flakes (or 2 fresh or dried chiles of your choice)
  • 1ea dried chipotle pepper
  • 1ea cinnamon quill
  • 2ea cardamom pods, cracked
  • 1ea star anise
  • 1 Tbspn apple cider vinegar


  1. Add honey, chilli, cinnamon, cardamon and chipotle pepper to a saucepan.
  2. Bring this to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in apple cider vinegar.
  4. Cool to room temperature and transfer to a glass container straining out peppers if desired.

Zaatar crumbed Mainland Haloumi Nuggets

With spiced chilli honey, mint & labneh

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With its salty taste and squeaky-to-the-bite quality, Mainland Haloumi Cheese says satisfaction in every slice. This firm springy traditional fresh curd cheese is a very popular and versatile ingredient to use in cooking and is an ideal vegetarian option.


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