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Ok, yes. It’s true. I have a slight obsession with all things snack board. First how to make an easy cheese board, now how to build an easy greek mezze board!
The process, the presentation, the SNACKS!
Authentic to traditional meze platters? No.
None of the “ethnic” dishes on this site are really that. They are usually inspired by authentic recipes and experiences, but are rarely authentic in execution.
Easy Bibimbap? Not authentic, but still SOOOO good and much less intimidating than the real deal.
Slow Cooker Paella? Definitely not stuffed with fresh-from-the-sea seafood, and made in a traditional paella pan. I lovingly refer to it as paella for real people.
Healthy Salmon Tacos? If I see salmon tacos on a menu on my next (hopefully soon?) trip to Mexico, I’ll let you know. (And be slightly weirded out.)
Have you sensed a theme? I’m inspired by the amazing flavors and creations but the reality is that most of the time, I don’t have access to the ingredients, tools, and sometimes the knowledge to truly give these meals the justice they deserve. So I’ll stick to authentically inspired.
And this mezze, or really, meze platter, is exactly that. When I looked up greek mezze platters, I learned that traditional mezze is:
“…a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks in the Near East, the Balkans, and parts of Central Asia.”
So all this is to say, that while this how-to guide to building a greek mezze platter is certainly inspired by traditional mezze platters, it’s also made with everyday ingredients that don’t require a trip to the greek or mediterranean markets.
How to Build an Easy Greek Mezze Platter
We need to gather our ingredients:
- high-quality hummus (any flavor will work!)
- tapenade or fresh olives
- labneh or plain greek yogurt drizzled with olive oil and topped with salt and pepper
- dippers: carrots, cucumbers, pita chips
- salami salad roll-ups (simply roll up lightly dressed salad greens into a piece of salami and serve immediately so lettuce doesn’t get soggy)
- nuts for filling up the empty spots