Halloumi in Blankets

  • 15MINS
  • 10MINS
  • 83KCAL

A great alternative to pigs in blankets, sprinkled with paprika for a smoky taste; a delicious addition to a vegetarian Christmas roast!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories83
  • Carbs2.3g
  • Protein7g
  • Fat5g
  • Saturates3.3g
  • Sugars2.2g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

There’s no doubt that pigs in blankets are a Christmas classic, but because they’re made with pork and bacon it can often exclude vegetarians. We’ve developed a delicious, veggie-friendly alternative with these Halloumi in Blankets that everyone can enjoy!

Delicious, savoury halloumi fingers wrapped in sweet cranberry sauce and a light courgette blanket, sprinkled with smoky paprika and roasted to perfection.

They’re quite fun to assemble too, so you could always try getting the kids involved and create them in the kitchen together!

With a smoky taste, these Halloumi in Blankets are full of flavour while still only 83 calories per roll. You could serve as a side for Christmas dinner, or even serve warm as part of a festive party table alongside Cheese and Pickle Twists.

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If you are searching for another vegetarian party food, try our Veggie Filo Crackers as part of your buffet too:

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Take a look at our Christmas category for even more delicious festive recipes!

What diets is this Halloumi in Blankets recipe suitable for?

This Halloumi in Blankets recipe is suitable for vegetarian and gluten free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Halloumi in Blankets recipe?

  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Halloumi in Blankets recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Halloumi in Blankets recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Halloumi in Blankets recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Halloumi in Blankets?

Low fat halloumi is used to keep this recipe light, and you can find this in most supermarkets in the cheese aisle.

You’ll also need cocktail sticks to assemble them, which you can find in supermarkets or in bulk online.

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How many calories are in this Halloumi in Blankets?

There are 83 calories per portion in this Halloumi in Blankets which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Halloumi in Blankets is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Spray a baking sheet with low calorie cooking spray.

Step 2

Cut the halloumi into 8 equal fingers. Spread some kitchen towel on a plate, place the fingers on top and dab the tops of the halloumi with another piece of kitchen towel. Cover with more kitchen towel and allow to sit for 20 minutes. This will help any liquid to drain so you get a firmer piece of halloumi.

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Step 3

Using the peeler, cut the courgette into long ribbons, pick out the widest 16 and pat dry between 2 pieces of kitchen roll.

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Step 4

Using a pastry brush, cover each halloumi finger with a little cranberry sauce.

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Step 5

Wrap each finger in 2 of the ribbons and secure with a cocktail stick.

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Step 6

Place on the prepared baking sheet and spray with low calorie cooking spray.

Step 7

Mix the smoked paprika and garlic granules together and sprinkle liberally over the halloumi rolls.

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Step 8

Season with a little salt if you like but remember halloumi can be quite salty anyway.

Step 9

Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes until golden brown, and serve!

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What could I serve with this Halloumi in Blankets?

Serve alongside a classic roast dinner with all the trimmings!

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How do you know when Halloumi in Blankets is cooked?

You should cook Halloumi in Blankets until they are golden brown. This will take around 10 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Halloumi in Blankets in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, you should eat it within 4 hours.

This is because the consistency of halloumi and courgette can be lost, so they’re best prepared and eaten fresh!

Can I freeze Halloumi in Blankets?

The consistency can be affected, so we do not recommend freezing this recipe. However, you can have Halloumi in Blankets from fridge to table in only 25 minutes, so it’s well worth making fresh!

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Halloumi in Blankets

A great alternative to pigs in blankets, sprinkled with paprika for a smoky taste; a delicious addition to a vegetarian Christmas roast!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 83
  • Carbs 2.3G
  • WW Points:
  • 3 Green
  • 3 Blue
  • 3 Purple

Ingredients

  • 225 g reduced fat halloumi
  • 1 courgette
  • 2 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic granules
  • a pinch of salt
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC. Spray a baking sheet with low calorie cooking spray.
  2. Cut the halloumi into 8 equal fingers. Spread some kitchen towel on a plate, place the fingers on top and dab the tops of the halloumi with another piece of kitchen towel. Cover with more kitchen towel and allow to sit for 20 minutes. This will help any liquid to drain so you get a firmer piece of halloumi.
  3. Using the peeler, cut the courgette into long ribbons, pick out the widest 16 and pat dry between 2 pieces of kitchen roll.
  4. Using a pastry brush, cover each halloumi finger with a little cranberry sauce.
  5. Wrap each finger in 2 of the ribbons and secure with a cocktail stick.
  6. Place on the prepared baking sheet and spray with low calorie cooking spray.
  7. Mix the smoked paprika and garlic granules together and sprinkle liberally over the halloumi rolls.
  8. Season with a little salt if you like but remember halloumi can be quite salty anyway.
  9. Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes until golden brown, and serve!

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Recipe notes

Tip: Check you don't use hot smoked paprika which can be too spicy. Look for smoked paprika or smoked sweet paprika.

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