Asparagus and halloumi skewers recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 185 calories / serving
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These summery skewers are a fun and practical variation on the norm – using two skewers makes them really stable and easy to turn, which is useful when cooking on the bars of a barbecue. What's even tastier is that these vegeterian skewers are suitable for those following a gluten and nut-free diet. You will need 8 wooden or metal skewers for this recipe - if using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for 20 minutes to prevent them burning.

Put the asparagus spears in a deep frying pan or wide saucepan (large enough for the asparagus to lie flat in a single layer) with enough water to barely cover. Put over a high heat and boil for 3 minutes until the asparagus is nearly tender. Refresh under cold water, drain and tip the asparagus onto a chopping board. Cut each spear in half across the middle.

Thread an asparagus length onto two skewers horizontally, one skewer sticking through at each end. Follow this with a halloumi spear, then another asparagus length, then halloumi, then asparagus. Repeat with the remaining skewers and ingredients to make four double-skewers in total. Drizzle with olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper (remembering that halloumi is salty).

If using a barbecue, make sure the coals are white-hot with no trace of flame. If using a griddle pan, put it over a high heat until smoking hot.

Lay the skewers directly onto the barbecue bars (or in a single layer in the hot griddle pan. You may need to work in batches). Leave undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, until well-marked with griddle lines. Flip each skewer to cook the other side in the same way. Remove to a platter or serving plates.

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  • Ingredients

  • 12 long asparagus spears
  • 1 x 225g pack light halloumi, cut into 8 long spears
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 small handful fresh mint, finely shredded
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  • Energy 768kj 185kcal 9%
  • Fat 12.7g 18%
  • Saturates 7g 35%
  • Sugars 1.7g 2%
  • Salt 1.8g 31%

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Carbohydrate 2.1g Protein 15.4g Fibre 0.4g

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