Learn how to make a Greek meze platter and spend a cozy night with your friends eating, drinking, laughing, and having fun! Serve with wine, ouzo, or tsipouro.
Having a few friends over and want to make something easy but impressive at the same time? Or are you planning a lazy evening with your other half and searching for a quick snack to munch on over a glass (or two) of wine? Well, this Greek meze (or mezze) platter with vegetables, boiled eggs, and one or two spreads is the way to go!
A Greek meze platter should be easy, fuss-free and delicious! That’s why the general idea is to use and combine ingredients and foods that need little or almost no preparation, so you can sit with your friends and enjoy your evening.
If you go to a traditional Greek kafeneio (coffee shop) or tavern and order some alcohol, usually tsipouro, wine or ouzo (yes, traditional Greek coffee shops offer alcohol 🙂 ) and some meze, then you’ll probably be offered a few small plates with cheese, olives, rusks, and sliced cucumber. But why not go an extra step and build a plate full of colors, textures, and flavors?
And speaking of tsipouro, those of you who find it too strong, maybe you want to try this cucumber, lime and tsipouro cocktail!
How to build a Greek meze platter
- Use one or two spreads. I’d suggest a lentil-based and a dairy-based. For the lentil-based one, I like to use Greek fava (yellow split pea puree), a traditional side dish full of protein and fiber. You can also make some hummus or a bean dip. And keep in mind that all these recipes can be made a day ahead! For the dairy-based spread, I just love to mix some Greek katiki with freshly grated black pepper, dried oregano and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Katiki (of Domokos) cheese is a white fresh cheese, with a fine, smooth texture, very pleasant aroma and a refreshing, slightly sour taste. Other options are tirokafteri (a spicy feta dip) or even tzatziki.
- Use a variety of vegetables. Sliced tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes), cucumbers, and olives are a must. Add some roasted red bell peppers and you’re good to go!
- Use some boiled eggs. Soft or hard boiled eggs when drizzled with e.v. olive oil and sprinkled with some salt and pepper are heaven!
- Use some hard yellow cheese. Since we’re talking about a Greek platter, a kefalotiri or a Greek gruyere are your best options. But any other yellow cheese you like will also do.
- Use something bread-like. Breadsticks, pita bread, or rusks are great!
- Use some nuts (next to the cheese).
- If you’re not vegetarian, use some anchovies.
- Drizzle everything with e.v. olive oil and sprinkle with oregano (and, optionally, with parsley too).
- Instead of fava, you can use store-bought or homemade hummus. This avocado hummus from Pepper Delight is also a great choice!
- Instead of katiki, you can use whipped ricotta
- This Greek meze platter can be made vegetarian if you omit the anchovies
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- 1 cup (250 grams) Katiki cheese
- 2 tablespoons e.v. olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 cup 250 grams Greek fava (or hummus)
- 2-3 boiled eggs quartered
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives or a mix of green and black olives
- 1 cup sliced cucumber
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes or sliced tomatoes
- 5 oz (140 grams) yellow cheese, cubed
- 1/4 cup nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios
- 2-3 roasted red bell peppers from a jar, sliced
- 2 pita bread sliced
- 8-12 breadsticks
- 1/4 cup anchovies omit those for a vegetarian platter
- Extra olive oil, dried oregano, and freshly grated black pepper for serving
- Optional: 1-2 tablespoons capers
- Mix the katiki with the olive oil, the oregano, and the black pepper.
- Arrange everything on a platter and drizzle with e.v. olive oil. Sprinkle with dried oregano and black pepper.
- Serve with ouzo, tsipouro, or cold white wine.
You can find the recipe for Greek Fava here
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