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Roasted Pear and Halloumi Sandwich

Roasted Pear and Halloumi Sandwich

2 servings

2 medium ripe but firm pears, such as Bosc or d’Anjou, cored and cut into ½” thick wedges
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 lightly-packed cup basil leaves
½ lightly-packed cup parsley leaves
½ lightly-packed cup mint leaves
⅓ cup toasted almonds
⅓ cup finely grated Parmesan 
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
Salt to taste
1 package (8oz) Mt Vikos Halloumi, cut crosswise into 8 slices
Two 4½” squares focaccia, halved crosswise
Very thinly sliced red onion

  1. Preheat oven to 425℉.
  2. On a medium baking sheet toss pears with honey and lemon juice and spread out in a single layer. Roast, stirring gently every 10 minutes, until tender and browned, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a food processor combine basil, parsley, mint, almonds, Parmesan, and garlic. Pulse until finely ground. With processor running, add ½ cup oil in a thin stream until combined. Add salt to taste.
  4. In a medium nonstick skillet heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add halloumi and cook, turning once until browned on both sides.
  5. Lay bottom pieces of focaccia on a countertop and spread with a little pesto. Divide halloumi and pears between focaccia, then top with onion and big spoonfuls of pesto. Place remaining bread on top and serve.