Cheese and bacon is a match made in heaven. These Bacon Wrapped Halloumi are salty, crisp and so delicious. You won’t want to share!
Bacon and cheese is a match made in heaven
I think most people would agree that bacon and cheese are a match made in heaven. The saltiness of the bacon goes perfectly with the creaminess of the cheese. I prefer to use smoked bacon because I like the extra flavour it has but feel free to use unsmoked if that is what you prefer.
If you are a bacon and cheese fanatic, you may also like my Cheese, Bacon & Mustard Twists.
Incredibly simple but delicious
These Bacon Wrapped Dates are as simple as they sound. They are literally pieces of halloumi wrapped in bacon. I first attempted to make these last Christmas but I made the slices of halloumi too thick. I’d completely forgotten about them until I made my Bacon Wrapped Dates. Despite what it looks like, I am not making it my mission to wrap everything in bacon! But the simplicity of wrapping food in bacon is incredibly delicious. Plus what better cheese to use than halloumi? It holds it’s shape, still goes slightly gooey in the middle and tastes even better when browned slightly.
Air fryer or oven?
I’d wanted an air fryer for a while but my parents bought me a Ninja Foodi instead. It has seven functions I think including slow cooking, pressure cooking and air frying. Air frying is a great way of making crisp and delicious food with little or no oil. I know air fryers are becoming more popular so wanted to include instructions for cooking these Bacon Wrapped Halloumi in an air fryer. The air circulates around the food so you may not need to turn them over, but check them just incase!
If you don’t have an air fryer, you can cook these Bacon Wrapped Halloumi in the oven with exactly the same results. You will definitely need to turn them half way through the cooking time to make sure the bacon crisps on both sides.
Whether you cook them using an air fryer or in the oven, the instructions include a couple a couple of minutes range. This is because everyone likes their bacon cooked to different levels of crispness. Some people like it cooked but not that crisp; whereas if you’re my sister you like it burnt!
When do you eat these?
Whenever you want! And after you’ve made them you’ll be looking for any excuse to make them. They are particularly good as a canapé or nibble to have with drinks at a party or gathering. I also think they would be a tasty hot element to a cheese board. People don’t usually include halloumi in a cheese board but these Bacon Wrapped Halloumi would be a great addition!
They are best served freshly cooked while the halloumi is still warm though in my opinion. You can assemble them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you want to cook them.
Bacon Wrapped Halloumi
Cheese and bacon is a match made in heaven. These Bacon Wrapped Halloumi are salty, crisp and so delicious. You won't want to share!
- 6 rashers streaky bacon
- 225 g halloumi (one block)
If you are using an oven, preheat it to 190°C (fan assisted, 210°C non fan)
Cut the bock of halloumi in half down the longest side. Then cut each half into six even sized pieces
Lay each rasher of bacon on a chopping board. Run the back of a knife along the rashers to stretch them slightly
Cut each rasher of bacon in half and wrap around the slices of halloumi
Lay the wrapped halloumi either on a baking tray or into the basket of your air fryer. If using an oven, cook for 13-15 minutes turning half way, until the bacon is cooked to your liking. If you are using an air fryer, cook for 10-12 mins at 200°C turning if you need to
Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.