Halloumi is a Mediterreanan cheese that is firm with a soft interior that becomes melty when baked, broiled, or grilled. Similar to feta cheese, halloumi is salty and tangy, and pairs well with bold flavors like bacon, tomato, and peppers. If you can’t find halloumi, the best swap for a similar flavor is feta, which has a stronger flavor but similar melting quality. For a more nutty flavor, swap for goat cheese instead. You can also try mozzarella cheese, fontina, or Gruyère, which melt smoothly into a gooey, melty pastry puff.
You can also swap the other ingredients in these pastry puffs, too. To make these vegetarian, simply omit the bacon crumble or swap for vegan bacon or tempeh. The bacon is the “salty” part of the recipe, so you’re looking for salty, crunchy replacements. You can also omit the dates, which add a sweetness similar to molasses to the puff. Consider replacing the date with date syrup, fig glaze, or dried cherries.