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Fried Halloumi Sandwiches with Peaches, Arugula and Honey

4 Servings

35 minutes

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Halloumi is a semi-firm Cypriot cheese traditionally made from sheep and goat’s milk, though these days cow’s milk also is used. Its flavor is milky, tangy and briny, but what’s unique about halloumi is its high melting point. This means the cheese can be grilled or fried—which it commonly is—to soften its texture and develop rich flavor through browning. We sandwich fried halloumi slices, slivers of juicy, ripe peaches and peppery arugula between toasted bread brushed with honey infused with thyme and pickled peppers. The combination of salty and sweet is sublime. Aim to purchase about 1 pound of halloumi, but note that packages vary somewhat in weight; a bit more or less will work out fine. If you can’t find ciabatta rolls, purchase a whole loaf and cut it into pieces roughly 5 inches square, then split each one horizontally.




Don’t forget to pat the halloumi dry. Removing as much moisture as possible minimizes splatter during frying. Immediately after adding the cheese to the skillet, allow it to cook undisturbed before checking on browning. If moved too soon, the cheese may stick to the pan.

35 minutes


  • cup honey

  • cup drained Peppadew peppers or sweet cherry peppers, patted dry and finely chopped


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Kelsy B.
June 8, 2023
Perfect sandwich
I made this sandwich in the Just Peachy live class and it's the absolute best sandwich and the perfect meal to use fresh peaches on. The condiment complimented the salty cheese and sweet peach perfectly. A must make!
Andrew B.
October 2, 2022
Best, best, best!!
This is a sandwich that you'd be happy to pay for in a restaurant! Everyone here loved it and can't wait to have it again! Thank you Milk Street/
John L.
September 25, 2022
Great combination of flavors
I made this as is. The only change I made was the honey. I used a local hot honey that we had picked up at a market this summer. It added a little additional contrast with the peppadew peppers. Not totally needed but I had it so why not. The sandwiches would have been great without the swap. Definitely on our sandwich rotation when we can get in season peaches.
Diana L.
July 23, 2022
My entire family loved it. I made a mistake and put the sauce right on the bread (I have to remember to just brush it). It was too sweet. I also forgot about peaches :( I made focaccia. So good. Some family members added a piece of brisket to it as well. It made it even better but on its own, without a meat and on focaccia, its very tasty. Thanks for the recipe.
Sally S.
July 19, 2022
Straightforward recipe that is perfect for summer when peaches are in season. Nice way to use halloumi cheese. Highly recommend.