‘The Cyprus sandwich’
What can you write about a sandwich? Well not that much actually, but I just thought the Cyprus sandwich deserved a mention. Apart from being excellent value for money for travellers and anybody else on a tight budget, the taste is to die for. The average price for one of these amazing sandwiches is 3.50/4.00 Euros. Most tavernas and restaurants will make you one and accompanied with a plate of chips and a cold beer your set for the day. You can also purchase them from the glut of mobile street traders to be found all over Cyprus.
This is the ‘original and traditional’ recipe from which this tasty treat evolved.
You will need a long fresh roll, about a foot long. I prefer the one with Sesame seeds on.
Cut the roll in half lengthways. Fry thinly sliced onions in a little Olive oil until caramelised, or if you prefer leave them raw. In a little more Olive oil, fry slices of Halloumi cheese until Golden Brown. Once again, if you prefer, leave it raw. On one half of the roll place the slices of Halloumi then squeeze Lemon juice on them. Add the onions, tomato and fresh Oregano and add a little more Lemon juice. Place the other half of the roll on top and gently squeeze together. If you have one of those ‘George Foreman’ grill thingy’s, put it in that for a minute to crisp up the roll.....or not.
There you have it, the original and traditional Cyprus sandwich. Of course it has evolved since then to any number of fillings. A particular favourite is Halloumi and Lounza, (smoked Pork loin), with Tomato and Cucumber, or you can have roast Pork, roast Chicken, or sometimes both, but always with Halloumi. So if you are ever in Cyprus and you haven’t tried one of these delicious sandwiches, DO, you won’t be disappointed.....or hungry!
Till next time, keep well x
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