I can’t resist a challenge, so when I heard about the #ProperPickle challenge hosted by The English Provender Co and Foodies100 to create a proper pickle sandwich, it sounded like an opportunity too good to miss. I was sent 4 different pickles to try from the new range of grown up pickles by The English Provender Co including the Traditional Proper Pickle (Chunky); Traditional Proper Pickle (Finely Chopped); Pickled Onion Proper Pickle and Beetroot Proper Pickle to experiment with.
I think it’s incredibly easy to get into a lunch time rut, so I’m always on the lookout for new things to try. Pickles and chutneys are a brilliant way of liven up a sandwich. For the challenge I’ve made a cheese and ham salad sandwich with a twist. I’ve used grilled Cypriot halloumi cheese (or hellium as it is also known by Turkish Cypriots). This Cypriot cheese is a semi hard cheese made traditionally from sheep’s milk, goat’s milk and sometimes cow’s milk too. Unlike most cheeses it doesn’t melt when grilled and has a delicious salty flavour. On this occasion I used The English Provender Co Traditional Proper Pickle (Chunky) but the sandwich is equally delicious made with The English Provender Co Beetroot Proper Pickle too.
So here’s how I made my Proper Pickle Sandwich with Halloumi and Ham for the #ProperPickle challenge.
Just in case you need it, here’s the full recipe for a Proper Pickle Sandwich with Halloumi and Ham.
Proper Pickle Sandwich with Halloumi and Ham
2 slices of wholemeal seeded bread
butter or margarine
2 tbsp of The English Provender Co Traditional Proper Pickle (Chunky)
a large handful of rocket, watercress and spinach leaves
1 slice of cooked ham
3 slices of grilled halloumi cheese
2 slices of tomato
1. Butter the bread slices, then spread both slices with The English Provender Co Traditional Proper Pickle (Chunky).
2. Grill the halloumi cheese until golden on both sides.
3. Top one side of the sandwich with the rocket, watercress and spinach leaves. Add the cooked ham, then add the grilled halloumi.
4. Add the sliced tomato and a good grinding of black pepper. Place the other slice of bread on top. Then cut the sandwich in half and enjoy!
Recipe by Julie McPherson
Wish me luck in the #ProperPickle Challenge.
Until next time.
Disclosure: I was sent samples of The English Provender Co pickles to try. This post is an entry into the #ProperPickle Challenge with The English Provender Co and Foodies100. The best sandwich will win £500 of John Lewis vouchers. I have not been paid or sponsored for publishing this blog post.