Double Potato and Halloumi Bake

"From Nigella Lawson's Nigella Bites."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut the sweet potato into rough 1-1/2-inch cubes and the red potato slightly smaller (1-inch cubes) as the sweet potato will cook more quickly.
  • Halve the red onion, then cut each half into 4 to 6 segments, discarding any tough outer skin.
  • Seed the peppers and cut into 1-inch squares, and separate the cloves of garlic.
  • Put everything into a 2- quart ovenproof casserole or whatever you want to use (it should be big, otherwise use two dishes) and, using your hands, give the vegetables a good coating of olive oil.
  • Season with black pepper, but no salt as the cheese will make it salty (and anyway, the salt will make water leach out).
  • Cook for 45 minutes, by which time the vegetables should be cooked through and here and there tinged with brown.
  • You'll need to turn the oven up to maximum or light the broiler for the endgame: so place the thinly sliced cheese on top of the bake, and put it back in the very hot oven or under the broiler until the cheese has melted and turned slightly brown on top, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve straight out of the roasting pan.

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  1. MarieRynr
    I did everything exactly as written out in the recipe. The flavor of the vegetables was wonderful, but I am not sure that the Halloumi cheese really added anything to the dish. I will definitly make this again, but I think next time I will use another type of cheese. I guess I was expecting a more "melty" type of cheese and this was my first experience with Halloumi. I am giving this 4 stars based on the incredible flavour of the roasted vegetables. I will make it again, but like I said, with another type of cheese. Thanks!
  2. Daydream
    Authentic Mediterranean flavors in this dish. As I was running short of time, I zapped the cubed potatoes in the microwave for 10 minutes before transferring them to an ovenproof dish. This worked well. As everyone seems to rave about halloumi cheese, I was a little disappointed. It just didn't meet my expectations. But as this is subjective, it has in no way has affected my rating of the recipe. Thanks for sharing, Missy Womnat.
  3. Flowerfairy
    I thought this was nice as a once off, but I don't think I will make it again. For me personally, the halloumi didn't go well with the sweet potatoes. It's all just too bland for my taste.
  4. dolphyn722
    we love halloumi! ...and sweet potatoes! i added some diced halloumi to the veggies. dh doesn't like garlic so i left that out. i think i would like it with some spices (since it lacked the garlic) & less oil next time. good recipe, thank you!


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