Have you ever tried a meze platter? The word meze means small “morsels” that is exactly what it is. Meze are small dishes common throughout Mediterranean and Middle East. The meze style spread – small plates, dips and salads are meant to be shared as an appetizer course or light meal. To make your own platter, just mix and match foods to your liking. Read on to know in detail what you need to make a meze platter.
Bread is the heart of a meze meal. No middle eastern meal is complete without pita. Homemade pita is easy and much better than, what most of us buy. You can grill the pitas to get that extra crunch. You can also serve a meze meal with crackers and lavash bread.
Vegetables are featured heavily in meze. No table is complete without – finely chopped fresh parsley and mint bathed in olive oil and lemon juice. You can add veggies such as – picked cucumber, cherry tomatoes, grilled zucchini, pickled peppers, fried potatoes with lemon and roasted red peppers. These veggies go really well with the meze platter.
3. Dips and Spreads
Dips are main ingredient in a meze platter. Everyone is familiar with hummus; the creamy chickpea puree is a staple in the middle east. You can also add different flavours to the hummus from plain basic to spicy.
Another dish on a meze platter is a salad. The salads that go best with the platter are roasted pepper and feta cheese, fattoush. These salads add refreshment to the platter to balance the variety of different flavours.
You can add different types of cheese to the platter be it mozzarella balls, feta cheese. Cheese gives an extra creamy texture and adds flavour to the meze platter.
While building a meze platter you can add different types of meats – salami, summer sausage, lamb meat balls. Meats add the protein value and make the appetizer filing.
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