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When hosting a party, I serve a variety of appetizers including baked raspberry brie, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and this fresh, colorful mezze platter.
One of my favorite local restaurants serves a mezze platter on their snack menu, and I have to order it every time I go there. It is the most delicious combination of grilled pita bread, hummus, olives, yogurt and cheese sauce. Now I make my own plate of samples for each meeting, and people go crazy for it!
What does mezze platter mean?
The word "meze" refers to a flavor or a snack, and is similar to tapas served in Spain. A mezze platter contains a variety of foods that are often served as appetizers in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines.
How do you make a plate of mezze?
Arrange a variety of sauces, cheeses, olives, raw vegetables, and pita bread triangles in a large platter. You can use store-bought items like hummus, dolmas, and tabbouleh, or make your own Mediterranean delicacies. Garnish the platter with fresh herbs, then cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours, or serve immediately.
Tips for a perfect dish
- I like to include at least 2 sauces, some of the most popular options include hummus, baba ganoush, tzatziki, feta cheese sauce or muhammara. Add a drizzle of olive oil over your sauces along with a pinch of fresh parsley for added flavor and color.
- The most popular cheese for a mezze plate is feta cheese. I like to go a step further by marinating cubes of feta cheese in olive oil, chopped red pepper flakes and parsley.
- Fresh vegetables add color and crisp. Cucumbers and tomatoes are typical additions, but other great options include radishes, red peppers, and baby carrots.
- Feel free to buy premade dolmas, or you can make your own.
- Many of the components of the dish, including dolmas, hummus, tabbouleh and baba ganoush, can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. If you don't want to make your own sauces and salads, you can buy them in the deli area of the grocery store.
- Take a look at the olive bar at your local supermarket and choose a variety of black and green olives in different sizes and shapes.
Mediterranean tapas ideas
While most tapas dishes include basics like pita bread and hummus, you can add any Mediterranean-themed ingredient to your snack offering.
- Fresh fruit such as orange slices, halved figs, pomegranates, or grapes.
- Grilled vegetables such as artichokes, aubergines, zucchini, or peppers.
- Cured meats such as ham or salami.
- Pickled vegetables such as garlic cloves, asparagus, or green beans.
- Walnuts such as pistachios, almonds, or walnuts.
- Dippers like bread sticks, crackers, or pita chips.
- More hearty food, including meatballs or falafel.
You just can't go wrong with a mezze platter. They are easy to make, they look beautiful and there is something for everyone!
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More party snacks
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- Veggie Dip Herb
- Fried wontons
- Shrimp with coconut
- Fried gherkins
Mezze Platter Video
This mezze platter is a variety of snack options including salads, cheeses, olives, hummus, pita bread, and vegetables, all prepared as a hearty appetizer dish to serve a crowd. A simple but impressive offer that always receives great reviews.
Preparation time 20 minutes Cook time 5 minutes Total time 25 minutes
Servings 8 Calories 238kcal
- 1 cup homemade or store-bought hummus
- 1 cup homemade or store-bought tzatziki
- 3 rounds of pita bread
- 1 cup fresh vegetables like cucumbers or cherry tomatoes
- 3/4 cup mixed olives
- 1/2 cup diced feta cheese
- 1 cup homemade or store-bought tabbouleh
- 8 homemade or store-bought dolmas
- 4 teaspoons divided use olive oil
- 1 cup of roasted or broiled vegetables, such as red bell peppers or artichokes
- fresh herbs for garnish
- Brush 2 teaspoons of olive oil on both sides of the pita bread. Heat the pita bread to 400 degrees F or on a grill for 3-5 minutes or until heated through. Cut each pita into eighths.
- Place pita bread, hummus, tzatziki, fresh and roasted vegetables, olives, feta cheese, tabouleh, and dolmas in a larger platter.
- Drizzle the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil over the hummus and tzatziki. Decorate the platter with fresh herbs, then serve.
Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 7 g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 369 mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 147 IU | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1 mg