As someone who follows Aldi news around the world, I’ve noticed one particular product that Aldi shoppers outside of the United States tend to get excited about: halloumi fries. I had never heard of halloumi fries until reading headlines like the one in The Sun, which reported that Aldi in the U.K. was the first supermarket in the country to sell halloumi fries, and later I saw headlines about Aldi making waves when they introduced the fries in Australia. Halloumi fries overseas tended to prompt Aldi superfans to come out and clear shelves. Then, lo and behold, during a recent shopping trip I discovered Aldi in the U.S. has quietly added halloumi fries to its shelves.
So, what are halloumi fries? According to Better Homes & Gardens, halloumi is a Middle Eastern cheese from the country of Cyprus. It’s a cheese with a high melting point, so it doesn’t get all gooey and runny when you heat it. It’s traditionally made with goat’s or sheep’s milk, or both, but sometimes these days it’s also made with cow’s milk. Better Homes & Gardens also says halloumi has a tangy, salty taste similar to mozzarella or feta cheeses.
I picked up a bag of the Aldi halloumi fries to try at home.
Emporium Selection Cheese Fries Halloumi-Style Cheese Sticks cost $3.49 for an 8-ounce package at the time of publication. The package states these are “perfect for grilling or frying.” They’re gluten free and keto friendly.
The package states:
This cheese does not melt when it is cooked. It can be pan-fried or deep-fried right out of the package, or breaded and fried for a crunchier snack.
This item appears to be a Regular Buy, which means you can find it at Aldi all year.
Ingredients are: pasteurized milk, salt, and microbial enzymes. If you’re avoiding allergens, this contains milk.
There are about eight servings per package, and a 1-ounce serving (28 grams) has 90 calories, 7 grams of total fat (9% DV), 3.5 grams of saturated fat (18% DV), no cholesterol, 125 mg of sodium (5% DV), 2 grams of total carbohydrates (1% DV), no dietary fiber, 1 gram of total sugars, no added sugars, and 7 grams of protein.
These can be deep fried using an electric deep fryer, or they can be pan fried.
To deep fry in an electric deep fryer, preheat enough cooking oil to cover cheese to 375 degrees. Once the oil is heated, place a portion of the cheese fries into the fryer basket — not more than half full — and carefully lower into hot oil. Fry 2-4 minutes or until the fries are a golden brown color on all sides. Remove fries from the fryer and place them on a paper towel to drain any excess oil. Serve immediately. Cheese fries are best enjoyed hot.
To pan fry, place a skillet on the stove and pour just enough oil to cover the cheese. Turn the heat up to 370 degrees. Once the oil is heated and bubbling, place the cheese fries in the skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Turn the heat off once the cheese has reached a golden brown color on all sides. Place the fries on a paper towel to drain any excess oil. Serve immediately, as cheese fries are best enjoyed hot.
I’ve read that some people grill these kinds of cheese fries, and I think that might be interesting to try next time, but for our first time trying these, I decided to follow the package instructions and I pan fried these in a skillet. I used a food thermometer to check the temperature of the vegetable oil and added the fries once the oil began to bubble and pop a bit. It took longer than the directed 3-5 minutes for these fries to turn golden brown. I ended up cooking them for more like 10 minutes, occasionally turning them to get them evenly browned. Once they were done, I drained them on a paper towel and served them alongside some butterflied lamb leg and a spinach salad.
These halloumi fries were excellent. No one in my family had ever tried them before, but we pretty much all liked them. They were crisp and golden on the outside and firm and cheesy on the inside. They’re not like traditional mozzarella sticks because they have no breading, and the inside is more solid and not gooey like a breaded cheese stick. They were a nice change instead of serving potato-based fries alongside our meal, and I’d buy these again.
Emporium Selection Cheese Fries Halloumi-Style Cheese Sticks are made with halloumi-style cheese, which is a Middle Eastern type of cheese that has a high melting point. That means you can cook it without it turning gooey. These are easy to pan fry or cook in a deep fryer, or you might even want to try grilling them. They cook up crisp and golden on the outside with firm, flavorful cheese on the inside. Recommended.