Black sesame & halloumi flatbread, or manoush is a Lebanese pizza-like dish topped with za’atar and halloumi cheese, commonly served at breakfast. Like my Moroccan berber omelette I love to eat these tasty pizzas any time of the day which can be topped with almost anything. I added an egg to the manoush as this is how it was served to me recently for breakfast in a restaurant. Try it for yourself and experiment with other traditional toppings, such as roasted vegetables or labneh (Greek yoghurt). The below recipe makes 4.
Black Sesame & Halloumi Flatbread
- 4 Flatbreads
- 150g Halloumi Cheese
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
- 1 tsp Black Sesame Seeds
- ½ tsp Ground Coriander
- Za’atar (we love Zaytoun Palestinian Za’atar) (optional – the coriander and sesame above can be classed as a za’atar)
- Olive Oil
- 4-5 Sprigs Fresh Mint
- Smoked Chilli
- Salt & Black Pepper
- 4 Organic Eggs (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 200°C and place 2 large baking trays in the oven to heat.
- Lightly wet the flatbreads on each side to soften them up.
- Grate or brake up the halloumi into small chunks and spread between the 4 flatbreads.
- Scatter the sesame seeds and ground coriander over the halloumi and drizzle with a little olive oil.
- Slide the manoush onto the preheated baking trays and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes until the halloumi is melted and browning slightly.
- Meanwhile, if using the eggs, heat a little oil in a frying pan and crack the 4 eggs into the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the white is cooked but the yolk is runny. Scatter over a little smoked chilli, salt and pepper to taste.
- Once the flatbreads are cooked, place the fried egg in the middle of the manoush, scatter with torn mint leaves and serve.