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The Best Way to Make Delicious Halloumi Pigs in Blankets

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Say HELLO to your new favorite Christmas canapé, Halloumi Pigs In Blankets. Wedges of halloumi wrapped in prosciutto, brushed with a cranberry glaze and baked to perfection

Why You’ll LOVE This Easy Christmas Canapé Recipe

Halloumi is involved! I don’t know about you… But, for me, if halloumi is a feature, I’m there for it!

Super quick to prep – you can literally make trays full of these delicious halloumi canapés in just a few minutes, they’re super easy to prepare.

Taste AMAZING! Oh, these little prosciutto wrapped cheesy pigs with that sweet and sticky cranberry glaze are what Christmas was meant for!

Halloumi Pigs In Blankets Recipe 

Makes – 16

Prep Time – 10 minutes

Cook Time – 20 minutes

Total Time – 30 minutes

Our Most Popular Alternative – Christmas Sausage Rolls

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Equipment Needed 

Ingredients For Halloumi Pigs In Blankets 

You’ll only need three ingredients to make these tasty Christmas appetizers!

Image shows the ingredients needed to make halloumi pigs in blankets including bacon, halloumi and cranberry sauce
  • 2 x 8oz (225g) blocks of halloumi cheese
  • 8 slices prosciutto ham – you can use thinly sliced bacon if you prefer.
  • 3 tbsp cranberry sauce

How To Make Halloumi Pigs In Blankets 

This is honestly one of the easiest Christmas appetizers to make! Super simple!

Step One – preheat the oven

Step Two – wrap the halloumi in prosciutto

  • Slice the block of halloumi in half so that you have two thinner pieces of halloumi cheese. Then slice each thinner block into 4 rectangles so that you get a total of 8 ‘pigs’ from each block of halloumi.
  • Cut or tear the prosciutto ham slices into halves lengthways.
  • Wrap each of the halloumi pieces in a half slice of prosciutto and place seam down onto a baking tray.
Image shows a tray of halloumi wrapped in raw bacon

Step Three – cook the halloumi pigs in blankets

  • Bake the halloumi pigs in blankets in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Whilst they’re baking, warm the cranberry sauce in a small saucepan.

Step Four – add the cranberry glaze

  • After 10 minutes of cooking, remove the halloumi pigs in blankets from the oven and drizzle and brush with the warm cranberry sauce.
  • Return to the oven and bake for a further 5-10 minutes or until they’re just starting to colour up deliciously. Remove from the oven and serve on a platter, you can skewer them with cocktail sticks so they’re less messy to pick up and eat. And add some more Christmas appetizers and drinks.

How To Cook Halloumi Pigs In Blankets – Oven Bake Or Air Fry 

You can cook halloumi pigs in blankets with cranberry glaze either in the oven or air fryer. The oven is better if you’re doing a big batches, but if you’re just making nibbles or small dishes for 2-4 people then you can use the air fryer instead.

To oven bake

Oven bake for around 20 minutes on 350F / 180C – as above.

To air fry

Wrap the halloumi in prosciutto as above, and air fry at 350F / 180C for around 7 minutes, then add the glaze and return to the air fryer for a further 3-4 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. (keep an eye on them though, so that they don’t burn)

Top tip.. use kitchen foil or air fryer liners as that hot, sticky cranberry glaze can be difficult to clean off the air fryer basket.

Image shows a christmas tree shaped white plate on a chopping board with some halloumi pigs in blankets on

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Serving Suggestions And Accompaniments 

These festive canapés go great with a selection of other Christmas appetizers – we’ve popped a few of our favorites below

Then we’d usually add a few bowls of nuts, crisps, a cheese board with crackers and perhaps a fruit plate.

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Recipe Tips Straight From The Daisies & Pie Kitchen 

Can you make these halloumi pigs in blankets in advance?

Yes, you can prepare them in advance, and you can serve them chilled if you like, however, they’re a whole lot nicer still warm from the oven. So I recommend prepping them ready to bake, then cooking at the last minutes.

Serve halloumi pigs in blankets as a starter

You could serve 3-4 of these as a small dish starter. Slide them onto a small plate, scatter over some fresh chopped thyme, basil or oregano and add a little side salad.

Can you make halloumi pigs in blankets vegetarian?

You can make a vegetarian version of these – just swap the prosciutto for thinly sliced ribbons of zucchini (courgette slices) or thinly sliced baby eggplant (small aubergine).

How to make these gluten free

These are naturally gluten free – however you do need to check the labels on all the ingredients used to make sure they’re suitable for a gluten-free diet.

Bacon wrapped halloumi

You don’t need to stick to prosciutto (although I do recommend it, it has a more delicate vibe, more suited to appetizers.

When we make these with bacon, I usually sprinkle the halloumi baton with some smoked paprika, wrap in streaky bacon slices and drizzle the rasher of bacon with some hot honey for a kick of heat.

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Yield: Makes 16

Halloumi Pigs In Blankets

Image shows a christmas tree shaped white plate on a chopping board with some halloumi pigs in blankets on

This is one tasty Christmas appetizer that's easy to make and completely delicious to eat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 x 8oz (225g) blocks of halloumi cheese
  • 8 slices prosciutto ham
  • 3 tbsp cranberry sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F / 180C
  2. Slice the block of halloumi in half so that you have two thinner pieces of halloumi cheese.
  3. Then slice each thinner block into 4 rectangles so that you get a total of 8 'pigs' from each blcok of halloumi.
  4. Cut or tear the prosciutto ham slices into halves lengthways.
  5. Wrap each block of halloumi in a piece of prosciutto and place seam down onto a baking tray.
  6. Bake the halloumi pigs in blankets in the oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Whilst they cook warm the cranberry sauce in a small saucepan.
  8. After 10 minutes cooking, remove the halloumi pigs from the oven and brush with the warm cranberry sauce.
  9. Return to the oven and bake for a further 5-10 minutes or until they're just starting to colour up delciously.
  10. Remove from the oven and serve on a platter with more appetizers and drinks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 475mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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