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Smoky Tomato Dip & Halloumi Jarcuterie

A quick tomato mixture using pepper flakes and cumin makes a great dipping sauce for cucumbers, carrots and artichoke hearts in these individual charcuterie jars. Here, we also skewer halloumi cheese for a salty bite.

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Servings
6
Prep Time
20 min
Duration
30 min

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp each sea salt and ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 28-oz can fire-roasted, crushed tomatoes
  • 5 oz halloumi cheese, cut into ¾-inch cubes (NOTE: You can grill or pan sear the halloumi if you like, but it’s not necessary.)
  • 3 mini cucumbers, thinly sliced into circles
  • 5 oz salami, sliced
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 6 oz marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 6 baby carrots, halved lengthwise
  • 6 pickled green beans, or to taste
  • 6 thyme sprigs, or to taste

Equipment

  • 12 small wooden skewers, divided
  • 6 glass jars (6-8 oz)

Preparation

  1. In a medium skillet on medium-high, heat oil. Add shallots and cook for 3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add paprika, salt, cumin and pepper flakes; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce is thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat  and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, using one-half of wooden skewers, skewer halloumi and cucumber slices, alternating between them. Using the remaining one-half of skewers, skewer salami (fold each piece into four), folded basil leaves and artichoke quarters, alternating among ingredients.
  3. To assemble, divide the dip among jars. Divide carrots and green beans among jars and top with one of each skewer variety. Garnish with thyme sprigs. (MAKE AHEAD: Make and assemble jars up to 1 day ahead. Cover loosely and refrigerate until ready to serve.)

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 jar
  • Calories 235
  • Carbohydrate Content 16 g
  • Cholesterol Content 32 mg
  • Fat Content 14 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 13 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Sodium Content 981 mg
  • Sugar Content 8 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g