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Easy mezze platter

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An easy mezze platter is great for serving at a laid back gathering – just go for a lovely collection of little Greek and Middle Eastern inspired dishes and warmed breads and just dig in! 

What’s in a mezze?

A mezze is a collection of easy little dishes with Greek or Middle Eastern flavours and styles that taste amazing together. Nothing complicated just simple food served simply.

I like to include… hummus, tzatziki, herby dressed couscous alongside feta cheese or grilled halloumi, I add marinated olives, chargrilled peppers, stuffed vine leaves and serve with warmed pitta breads or flatbreads. 

You can throw a mezze together using good shop bought ready made dips and treats in no time – for a low cost version of the mezze spread it’s definitely worth checking out the budget supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl – they ofter sell authentic Greek foods at a fraction of the price the larger supermarkets do. 

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How to make a mezze

Homemade Hummus

  • tin of chickpeas
  • clove of garlic
  • juice of a lemon
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • sea salt
  • 2-3 tbs olive oil

Add the chickpeas, garlic, lemon, tahini and a pinch of salt to a food processor and blitz until smooth. To serve drizzle it with a little more olive oil and a sprinkling of smoked paprika.

You might also just LOVE our red pepper hummus recipe here.

Homemade Herby Cous Cous

  • wholewheat cous cous
  • 2-3 handfuls of mixed chopped herbs – basil, flat leaf parsley, mint, coriander
  • zest of a lemon
  • olive oil

Make up the cous cous as per the packet instructions, then fluff with a fork, add a drizzle of olive oil and stir in the chopped herbs. Sprinkle over the grated lemon zest.

Homemade Tzatziki

  • half a cucumber
  • 2 tbs Greek yogurt
  • clove of garlic – finely chopped
  • a couple of mint leaves finely shredded
  • zest of a lemon

Slice the cucumber into small cubes, stir through the yogurt, garlic, mint and lemon zest.

Mezze foods to buy ready made… 

  • Slice jarred chargrilled peppers
  • Throw on a handful of marinated pitted olives
  • Cube some feta cheese or slice and grill halloumi 
  • Serve with stuffed vine leaves (try the world food section of the supermarket or deli counter)

How to make a really easy mezze when you’re feeling lazy…

  • Use shop bought hummus
  • Use flavoured cous cous packet (try Ainsley Harriott flavoured cous cous sachets)
  • Use a jar of Apetina cubed feta in oil
  • Use shop bought tzatziki
mezze platter with homemade hummus, feta cheese, stuffed vine leaves, chargrilled peppers, vegetable couscous and black olives. Text overlay saying "Throw together good food - easy veggie mezze"

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