Lounza and Halloumi Greek Cypriot Sandwich

Again, let’s go back to my Eurovision Song Contest Party 2012…”One of my favourite things to eat when on holiday in Cyprus is sandwich…not just any sandwich, but a toasted in Greek bread, lounza and halloumi sandwich. Lounza is smoked pork loin, and halloumi is a Cypriot cheese.  As a child I remember holidays to Cyprus and walking along the seafront where my dad would always buy us these tasty sandwiches. Unfortunately the store had sold out of the rolls that I had wanted to use, so had to buy this tear apart loaf instead.  But I got around it by creating one giant sandwich and cutting into pieces.”

Lounza and Halloumi Greek Cypriot Sandwich

And here is how I made it!

I took 2 loaves of this fabulous Greek Cypriot bread that I bought from a speciality store in London.  I really must learn how to make this myself, because it is the most amazing tasting bread ever!  I know that when I made my Greek Cypriot Cheesecakes – Flaounes at Easter, using a couple of key ingredients – masticha, which is a pine resin gum and sesame seeds really add to the familiar (to me) flavour of Cypriot bread.

Anyway, on with the sammich!

Lounza and Halloumi Greek Cypriot Sandwich
Lounza and Halloumi Greek Cypriot Sandwich

Normally, this is a tear-and-share bread, but I carefully sliced it horizontally to give me a huge sandwich surface.

Lounza and Halloumi Greek Cypriot Sandwich

Some butter, was spread on the sides, and then layers of delicious lounza piled on.

Lounza and Halloumi Greek Cypriot Sandwich

Next layer is sliced up halloumi cheese.  This is a salty cheese from Cyprus.  I love the stuff!  Especially grilled on a charcoal barbecue…yummy!

When in Cyprus, you can choose from many fillings for your ‘sandwich’ (I wish you could hear my accent as I say that word in this context!), and I always got lounza and halloumi with cucumber and tomato slices.  But, since I had fussy guests, I left the veggies out, and people could add them, themselves.

Lounza and Halloumi Greek Cypriot Sandwich
Lounza and Halloumi Greek Cypriot Sandwich

Now, if I had a panini press, now was the time to place it in there – toasting the bread and warming everything through – even the veggies if used…but I don’t have one *sad face* so instead, I popped it under the grill to toast up.

I cut the sandwich up into pieces – lucky that there are natural markings to follow – and served.  So tasty and reminds me of all my childhood holidays in Cyprus 

Lounza and Halloumi Greek Cypriot Sandwich












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