Beer-battered halloumi with homemade pickled onions and tartar sauce

Beer-battered halloumi with homemade pickled onions and tartar sauce

Serves 2

50g (~1/4 cup) plain flour

75ml (~1/3 cup) beer

Salt

Black pepper

Oil for frying

225g halloumi cheese (8 x 1cm slices)

  1. Add the flour and beer to a large bowl, and season generously. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Heat a couple of centimetres of oil in a deep pan. When it's at the point that it sizzles when you drip a tiny amount of batter into the oil, it's ready to use.
  3. Dip the halloumi slices into the beer batter until thoroughly coated, and carefully drop each piece into the oil. Cook for a few minutes each side, until golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper for a minute or two to drain off any excess oil, then serve, with more salt and pepper if desired.

Homemade pickled onions

Makes ~20

300g bitesized onions or shallots (~20 onions)

150ml (~2/3 cup) Sarson's pickling malt vinegar (plus more if needed)

1/2 tsp caster sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1tsp mixed peppercorns

  1. Top and tail the onions, then peel them whole. Blanch them in a pan of boiling water for about 3 minutes, unit they are just beginning to soften slightly, then drain.
  2. In a separate small pan, add the pickling vinegar, caster sugar and salt. Heat very gently for a minute or two, just until the sugar has dissolved - don't allow the mixture to become very hot.
  3. Add the onions to a clean jar, and pour over the vinegar. Add the peppercorns, and if necessary, add more vinegar until the onions are completely covered. Store in the fridge. The pickled onions will be ready to eat a few hours later.

Homemade tartar sauce

Makes ~1 1/2 cups

1/2 large onion

3 large pickled gherkins

3tbsp (heaped) mayonnaise

Salt

Black pepper

Add the onion and gherkins to a food processor, and process until they have reached your desired consistency. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, and add the mayonnaise and plenty of seasoning. Mix well, and store in the fridge.


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