This chorizo and halloumi starter is a simple dish, but it’s always a crowd pleaser. When you’re entertaining, it’s easy to overcomplicate things in the kitchen. Inevitably, we find ourselves at that point just before the designated time when we’re completely frazzled and praying they’ll be late! Concentrate on your main and perfect this easy starter which combines great quality ingredients with Olympus halloumi and chorizo.
If you want to take your halloumi to the next level (and look like you meant it) then whip up a delicious sauce to go with. We’ve rounded up some of our own, and some favourites from around the web which are sure to satisfy the masses.There’s sure to be one to suit your guests, and your dinner.
This is a casual entree you can whip up when they arrive. It has only one rule: no double dipping!
Chorizo and Halloumi Starter with 10 Dipping Sauce Options
Prepare your dip of choice and set aside (See our options below).
Depending on your choice of dip, you may like to add some roasted cherry tomatoes, which add sweetness and tang to it all. If so, preheat your oven to 200 degrees C.
Slice chorizo and set aside for frying.
Cube halloumi into approximately 3 cm cubes and set aside. Aim to roughly match the quantity of chorizo slices with halloumi.
If using tomatoes, add your punnet to a shallow sheet pan, drizzling with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Roast in your oven for approximately 10 minutes. (They will collapse a little when they’re done).
Once tomatoes are just cooked, turn your oven to just warm and get to cooking your chorizo and halloumi.
Heat two separate frying pans to a medium to high heat.
Add chorizo to one, and halloumi to the other, cooking until lovely and brown (hint they don’t take long!)
Halloumi has lots of natural fat, which is released when cooking. Once it is ready on one side, the fat will reduce. This is a good indication it’s divinely crispy and ready to turn.
Serve it all immediately in a big pile on a gorgeous platter surrounded by little pots of dipping sauce, and watch them all dive in. Little toothpicks are always good to have on hand for this plating.
Or if you prefer, you can give everyone their own pile of this delicious chorizo and halloumi starter, also adding a little side pot of dipping sauce of their own.
10 chorizo and halloumi starter dipping sauce options
If you haven’t tried muhammara, it’s a delicious Middle Eastern capsicum dipping sauce which is usually served over meat or with chunks of bread. It is absolutely divine with halloumi and well worth the effort to make it. Prepare ahead and warm it before serving with your halloumi and chorizo.
2. Fetta and Herb
For a stronger option, with lots of flavour, a fetta and herb dip is always lovely. It is particularly special when you add the roasted tomatoes for balance. Choose a creamy fetta which won’t overpower it all.
3. Greek Yoghurt.
For a creamy dip option, make sure you keep it fresh for balance. Our delicious Greek yoghurt dip combines yoghurt, mint, garlic and lemon.
4. Simple Sweet Chilli.
Chilli, halloumi and chorizo are so delicious together. We love the divine Nigella’s recipe for a yummy halloumi with quick sweet chilli sauce.
5. Chilli Honey.
If you don’t have time to make it, you could also drizzle your starter with Blend’s Blazed Smoked Chilli Honey. This delicious honey is available at many places where you can also pick up Olympus Halloumi 😉 Bear in mind this does pack a little punch so check your guests are up for it first.
6. Sticky Beer Sauce.
Chorizo, halloumi, beer...what’s not to love about that? Try this thick and sweet sticky beer sauce for dunking or drizzling.
7. Basil Pesto.
A basil pesto is a lovely addition to your dip offerings. Particularly so, if you’ve opted to roast up the cherry tomatoes. Try this authentic pesto recipe from SBS Food, or grab your favourite jar.
8. Smoky Tomato and Garlic.
A beautiful Spanish style smoky tomato and garlic dip full with tomato flavours.
Spice up guacamole to elevate it to the flavour profile of your other ingredients with jalapenos and plenty of tangy lemon.
Chermoula is a North African/Moroccan dipping sauce which really packs a punch flavour-wise. Precisely the kind of delectable offering which will go so beautifully with your chorizo and halloumi starter.
Want more halloumi recipes?
Head to our recipes section for more delicious halloumi ideas.