Eggplant and Haloumi Sandwich

by Anna on April 4, 2011

in Homemade,Sandwich,Vegetarian

Oh! Dear… Do you know how sometimes you buy the best ingredient and put like 6 hours romancing one dish, you put your best effort to it and still in the end you get an awful result. That’s what happened to me with my pulled pork today. I tried to change things and be creative with my recipe and Oh gosh! Better if I didn’t, the result was an ill looking slab of meat that looked like, like…. Oh Boy! I don’t even know how to describe it. YUCK!

Unfortunately I had blabbed so much to my hubby about this pulled pork sandwich that I had to do something to rescue my night. Thankfully I had some homemade Harissa in my fridge and Haloumi cheese. So I grilled one eggplant and some onions. And put this sandwich together. Well…. it wasn’t pork but we were pleasant surprised how good it tasted. Crises averted. 🙂

Eggplant and Haloumi Sandwich

  • 2 Focaccia rolls
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 big onion sliced
  • 1 Haloumi cheese sliced
  • 1 cup of sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of homemade Harissa
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a small bowl mix the Harissa, mayo and lemon juice until well combined. Heat your grill or indoor grill pan drizzle the eggplant and the onions with olive oil, season with salt and pepper to taste and grill it until soft. Grill the Haloumi cheese. Brush the bread with some olive oil and put it on the grill to toast it a bit. To assemble put 2 tbs of the Harissa mayo on one side of the bread then add the eggplant, onions, Haloumi, sun dried tomatoes and the fresh spinach.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica April 19, 2011 at 3:42 PM

What a wonderful sandwich, Anna!Your vegetarian ideas are fantastic.

sheila @ Elements April 15, 2011 at 9:40 AM

My husband and I eat eggplant sandwiches all the time, but we usually fry ours with curry powder and spread goat cheese on our sandwiches. I love your idea to make it with Haloumi cheese and homemade harissa! We’ve been wanting to make homemade harissa but still haven’t done so! When we do, we’ll have to make your version of eggplant sandwich and try it! 🙂 Can’t wait!! 🙂

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Andy April 11, 2011 at 1:19 AM

I’ve never been a big fan of eggplant, until I traveled through Asia for a couple of month last year. It’s quite big over there. I have to stay it started to grow on me! And this sandwich looks pretty delicious on the pictures, so I might give it a try! Thx for the recipe.

Gourmet Fashion April 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

I love eggplant sandwiches. Yours looks just great … not sure what your pork looked like but I’d take this one any time… and I learnt something new … had never heard of harissa sauce (don’t I sound ignorant), but I do use cumin and coriander a lot so perhaps I should try this out sometime 🙂

Lori April 10, 2011 at 1:51 PM

This is one fabulous rescue dish! The sandwich is perfect start to spring and summer. I can almost taste those veggies!

Najwa Kronfel April 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Sorry about the pork! I know how that feels but that’s how you master things so don’t give up! sandwich looks great.

sweetlife April 8, 2011 at 5:38 AM

great save!! I am sure he loved this sandwich!! I am always on the look out for haloumi and my grocer never carries it. I must request it, for I have always wanted to try it..thanks for sharing


Monique April 7, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Looks delicious and what a beautiful photograph! Nice way to save dinner. I can never get pulled pork right myself!

Anna April 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Denise…Mideastern singing duet !!! LOL..

torviewtoronto April 7, 2011 at 3:37 PM

delicious sandwich looks wonderful

Sommer@ASpicyPerspective April 7, 2011 at 5:58 AM

Ha! That happens to all of us from time to time. Good save, though! This looks fantastic!

denise @ bread expectations April 7, 2011 at 5:30 AM

Anna my sweet! My apologies for being MIA all this time. Busy, busy busy 😛 My hair is getting whiter by the week!

So sorry to hear that your pulled pork went awry, but well, it does happen to us all, one time or another. Just this evening I got distracted and made a burnt mess of my beef rendang because I got lazy about stirring it faithfully over the fire. Waahaahaaaaaa!

Looks like you pulled an ace out your chef’s hat – the sandwich is gorgeous and I am sure hubby was not disappointed at all with the substitution. Harissa and Halloumi sound wonderful together. Actually, they also sound like a Mideastern singing duet 😀

Magic of Spice April 6, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Oh, sorry about your pork 🙁 But hello to this save…one gorgeous sandwich and one I would devour 🙂

Anna April 6, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Oi Tammy, Que saudades…que bom que esta toda passeadeira, eu tentei achar algumas receitas com ruibarbo p/ vc e eu vi algumas interessantes. Uma de risotto que me pareceu bem apetitosa, outra usando o ruibarbo junto com carne moída refogadinho, yummmmm. E outra usando massa de torta usando ruibarbo e queijo brie. Torta tipo (crostrata). E descobri também que ruibarbo e um vegetal eu sempre achei que era fruta. Beijos e ate mais.

A Little Yumminess April 6, 2011 at 11:47 AM

I am going through a sandwich phase and this is a lovely version. I have everything I need to make this. Dont have sundried tomatoes but it is one of those things I am not fond of so will omit. Love harissa

Adelina April 6, 2011 at 9:49 AM

What a great idea! I love that you combined halloumi with harissa. Sounds better than pulled pork to me. I have halloumi in the fridge and have been trying to make a salad, but this looks tempting too.

tamy April 6, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Oi amiga, que saudade!!! Cheguei de SP tem alguns dias e me lembrei de você quando fui ao Mercadão e a Casa Santa Luzia (um empório com diversas verduras e frutas importadas e nacionais), onde consegui comprar ruibarbo! Ontem fiz uma panna cotta com compota de ruibarbo e ficou show!!! Queria fazer um prato salgado com a outra bandeja q comprei, mas ainda não achei nada na internet e nem nos meus livros! Vc tem alguma idéia??? Beijok

Julia @ DimpleArts Photography April 5, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I have to admit that I’ve never heard of Harissa or Haloumi cheese, but this sandwich looks amazing!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 5, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Oh I love haloumi! What a great use of it.

Juliana April 5, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Anna, what a delicious sandwich…mouthwatering. Great pictures as always. Have a great week ahead 🙂

5 Star Foodie April 5, 2011 at 12:48 PM

aww, sorry about the pulled pork, but this sandwich with haloumi and eggplant looks totally awesome!

Stephanie April 5, 2011 at 12:08 PM

You are far better than me, girl! Whenever I have a disaster in the kitchen, my solution is take-out! Your pulled pork rescue dinner looks delish!

Angela@RecipesFromMyMom April 5, 2011 at 5:48 AM

I have never heard of haloumi cheese but I’m loving what you pulled together for your rescued dinner. Shows off your creativity!

Tiffany April 5, 2011 at 5:12 AM

Oh, you make your own Harissa?!?!? Awesome! And grilled Haloumi is just divine. GREAT looking sandwich!

RavieNomNoms April 5, 2011 at 5:10 AM

THIS is my kinda sandwich!! YUM Looks so great. Sorry about your disaster with the pork haha, I have had those days. But it appears you made a miraculous comeback with this gorgeous sanggggwiccch! 🙂

Joyti April 5, 2011 at 2:36 AM

I absolutely hate when that happens – so frustrating. But that sandwich looks phenomenal….and homemade harissa…well, I’ll have to bookmark the recipe 🙂

Beth Michelle April 5, 2011 at 2:19 AM

Your photos are making me hungry! These look beautiful. Perfect Mediterranean lunch. Haloumi yummm

Cherine April 4, 2011 at 10:50 PM

What a wonderful combination and the sandwich is mouthwatering!!!

Ky Foley April 4, 2011 at 10:38 PM

so sorry about the pulled pork fiasco but you’re right, crisis averted with this artistic creation. And made on the perfect bread too! Great recipe I must try this sandwich, thanks for sharing =]

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