As the temperature in Dubai is on a downward trend, I needed something comforting to start the week. Baked potatoes are a family favorite, and I wanted to add a twist to make it enjoyable. So I brought in the middle-eastern twist to this classic. Zaatar and halloumi baked potatoes is a delicious one-pan meal.
Now and then, I do manage to come up with a dish that has zaatar spice in it. The reason is simple; I love it.
Halloumi cheese works great in baked dishes. It melts and becomes crisp on the top as you broil. The sweetness of tomatoes, salty halloumi goes well with the spice of zaatar. It can fit in perfectly as a side on your dinner table with guests.
I hope you like this dish as much as we did.
Baked potatoes with halloumi and zaatar
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Makes : 2-3
Baking time: 40-45 minutes
- Potatoes 4-5 (medium sized)
- Broccoli (medium-sized) broken into florets
- Cherry tomatoes 8-10
- Halloumi cheese 200 gms
- Zaatar Spice 1and ½ tsp
- Olive oil 2 tbsp
- Garlic 4 cloves
- Chilli flakes ¼ tsp
- salt and pepper
- Cut the potatoes into quarters and smaller if desired. I sliced a few tomatoes and kept a few whole ones too. Parboil the broccoli florets and strain.
- Heat olive oil, add chili and garlic once it gets fragrant turn off the gas. Pour it over the potatoes, broccoli, and tomatoes.
- Preheat the oven at 180 degrees and bake the potatoes for 20 minutes. Add the broccoli and tomatoes. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.
- Place slices of cheese on the veggies and turn on broil for 5 minutes. The halloumi cheese gets a little charred and becomes crispy. Enjoy!!!!