How to Build the Best Greek Mezze Platter
Mezze takes the party platter to a whole new level of amazing! If you’re not familiar, Mezze is a Mediterranean term for party apps, light bites, or small plates for sharing. But, if you’ve been to Greece, Turkey, Lebanon or parts of the eastern Mediterranean, you probably know that Mezze can be an entire meal!
They also make the perfect easy, shareable platters for summer snacking and hosting! And of course here at I Love Imported Cheese we’re all about enjoying and sharing food culture (and imported cheeses) with our family and friends.
Here’s how to put together the perfect Greek Mezze Platter:
Fruits and Veggies
Greece and the Mediterranean are known for their glorious, gorgeous produce. Think grape or cherry tomatoes, colorful baby peppers, grapes, pomegranate seeds, and sweet and crunchy Persian cucumbers. Dried apricots, dates, and figs are also featured prominently in Greek cuisine and would be great additions to your platter.
It wouldn’t be a Greek Mezze Platter without some olive oil marinated imported Feta cheese! It’s creamy, crumbly, texture and tart taste are perfect for snacking. We also love to add some sliced, grilled imported Halloumi cheese for a hearty nibble. This firm, dense, mild cheese holds up to cooking and takes on a delicious char on the grill. Finally a bowl of creamy, rich, tart imported Labneh drizzled with olive oil and some spices. You can also seek out or order imported Greek specialty cheeses to add to your platter like Xynomizithra a soft, creamy, and sour mixed milk cheese you can enjoy as a dessert drizzled with honey or cooked into baked goods. For another taste of Greece try our Grilled Halloumi Gyros with Tahini Drizzle.
Cool Creamy Dips
From hummus to roasted eggplant based babaghanoush and creamy, cooling, yogurt-cucumber based tzatiki; Mezze Platters are made for dips! Arrange your favorite selections in small bowls across your platter and garnish with some fresh herbs, a sprinkling of cumin, a drizzle of olive oil, or pomegranate seeds.
Plenty of Pita!
The classic dipping and sandwich bread of Greece is a must-have on your Mezze Platter. Cut into small triangles to make dipping easier. You can also use pita chips if you prefer some crunch.
Pick up some kalamata olives, tabouli, Greek meatballs (known as Keftedes), falafel and stuffed grape leaves from your supermarket or a local restaurant to add some authentic nibbles to your platter. You can also make our Easy Spanakopita Bites with imported Feta for an easy taste of Greece.
Fill in with Fresh Herbs
Anytime you make a snack platter, but especially when making a summery Mezze Board it’s a bright and beautiful idea to tuck small bunches of fresh herbs throughout. You can tear off small pieces as a garnish and add to your pita as you dip too! Parsley, mint, and dill are all used prolifically throughout Greece and would pair beautifully with all your platter components.
You can assemble this all on one large shareable platter or small mini platters or plates for a picnic or small group.