It’s really worth picking up some good ham, olives and bread from your local deli to make this quick, tasty starter.
- 16 slices Serrano or Parma ham
- 150g tub mixed olives
For the tomato bread
- 1 loaf crusty sourdough bread or ciabatta
- 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove
- 6 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
For the lemon and oregano haloumi
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1 small lemon
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
- 2 x 250g packs haloumi
- 1. For the tomato bread, heat a griddle pan until hot. Cut the bread into thin slices, brush with a little of the olive oil and griddle for a few minutes each side until charred and golden. Rub the peeled garlic clove over 1 side of the griddled bread and arrange on a serving platter.
- 2. Place the chopped tomatoes in a bowl and toss with 2 tbsp olive oil, a pinch of salt and plenty of ground black pepper. Spoon over the griddled bread slices and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
- 3. For the haloumi, mix the olive oil with the lemon juice and oregano in a bowl and set aside to infuse.
- 4. Slice the haloumi into lengths and place in the hot griddle pan you used to cook the bread. Cook for 1 minute each side, until marked golden with griddle marks, then transfer to a serving plate. Drizzle with the infused olive oil, sprinkle with a little sea salt and plenty of black pepper and serve with the tomato bread, ham and olives.
Per serving: 431kcals, 31.1g fat (13.3g saturated), 22g protein, 22.5g carbs, 3.1g sugar, 2.5g salt
If you're vegetarian, omit the meat and replace with artichokes in oil.
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