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Mediterranean Mezze Appetizer Platter

Mezze Appetizer Platter !! You will fall in love with this beautiful and delicious Mediterranean Vegetarian Mezze Platter. It’s a cornucopia of amazing flavors and textures.

It’s salty, creamy, spicy ,warm, cold, crunchy and everything !! And it’s so easy to bring it together. Move over Charcuterie board !! Mezze Appetizer Platter is in town !!

It’s Semi-home made. It’s an assortment of all things good. Gorgeous looking dips and spread and beautiful looking veggies round up the lovely board. Mezze Appetizer Platter is inviting, filling  and scrumptious.

What is Mezze Platter?

Mezze or Meze means “sharing”. It’s all about sharing your good fortune with loved ones and spreading the joy around. Best memories often happen gathered around the table. A typical Mezze Appetizer Platter includes assorted shareable dips, spreads, nuts, snacks and veggies. You can also add cheese and meats if you like it.

Mediterranean Mezze Appetizer Platter

A perfect conversion starter, I love to create this beautiful platter often when I am hosting a gathering. May it be a friend’s lunch/ dinner book club meets and any other parties.

The platter serves as an appetizer but can become light and quick meal too. As shown this platter is vegan/ dairy free since there is no cheese used. You can also make it gluten-free by using gluten free pita bread.

Since it’s semi home made, it can be put together in a zippy for impromptu gatherings too.

My most favorite way to use it on Valentine’s day. I like to pair it with colorful tangy Pomegranate Martinis. The whole setup looks so romantic and elegant. Create a perfect intimate setting with light music in the background. You will Fall In Love all over again !!

Mediterranean Appetizer Mezze Platter

What goes on this Mezze Appetizer Platter?

Hummus I am including a recipe below to make homemade hummus.
Harissa or Roasted Red peppers Walnut Dip
Marinated Olives
Marinated Artichokes
Colorful veggies like carrots, radishes and cucumbers
Warm Pita Bread cut into triangles

How to Make Healthy Mezze Appetizer Platter

Start with a beautiful, big serving platter. Arrange 4 small bowls on the platter. Fill them up with olives, artichokes, hummus and red pepper dip.

Fill in the spaces with pita bread triangles and vegetables. And voila!! You have a gorgeous and simply best appetizer platter to enjoy and serve.

Other Things You Could include in the Mezze Appetizer Platter

Easy Party Starter

This Mezze Appetizer Platter is elegant, exotic and easy. If you want to , you can buy all the ingredients and put this platter together in jiffy. Filled with Mediterranean goodies, this platter is festive, filling and amazing.

We love hosting parties all the time. This Mezze Appetizer Platter is often star attraction on appetizer menu. If you notice, in most parties, typically cheese/ meat and veggie boards get overlooked in the corner.

They get boring fast. Instead try Mezze platter. It’s unique and filling. You will find yourself replenishing it plenty. The goal is to create a beautiful platter with variety of textures and flavors.

I often keep 2 home made dips ( Hummus and Red Pepper Walnut Chutney ) All other ingredients are sourced from outside. Complete it with colorful, crunchy veggies and you have delicious and healthy platter to relish.

How to Make Homemade Hummus

  1. In a blender, add garlic, drained garbanzo beans , lemon juice, tahini sauce, cilantro and de-seeded jalapeno pieces and salt . Blend to smooth by adding little water.
  2. When you see mixture starts to form a paste, change the blender to pulse. Slowly pour olive oil through the spout while you are on pulse setting of the blender. It adds extra fluffy and creamy texture.
  3. Change the setting to blend and continue till mixture is creamy and well mixed. Hummus is ready to serve. Adding olive oil while blending adds extra creaminess so you can almost skip the tahini sauce if its not easily available.

Your creamy, velvety, yummy hummus is ready! Check our recipe to make creamy cilantro jalapeño hummus ahead of time. For the last minutes preparation any quality store-bought hummus will do too.

I also love to create super delicious Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut dip / chutney . You can make a big batch of this chutney and freeze it for later use in individual portion. This bold and earthy spread will surely sparkle the platter. If you want to use store bought ingredients, choose Harissa, Red pepper spread.

Directions

Arrange a big serving platter and few serving bowl. Fill the bowls with hummus, red pepper spread, marinated artichokes and  olives. Drizzle some olive oil over hummus for extra authentic feel.

Artfully arrange all the veggies and pita bread pieces around the bowls. Replenish and serve as needed. You can mix and match the veggies  and pita pieces as a base. You can also layer and fill the pita pockets to make a fabulous sandwich.

Mediterranean Mezze Appetizer Platter

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Mediterranean Appetizer Mezze Platter

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Meditararian Mezze Platter Appetizer

Mediterranean Mezze Appetizer Platter

Mediterranean Mezze Appetizer Platter

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

How to Build the perfect Mediterranean Party Platter. A beautiful and delicious vegetarian mezze platter that's a cornucopia of amazing flavors and textures. Vegetarian and WFPB

Ingredients

  • 1 - 16 oz Hummus - See notes to make homemade hummus
  • 1 - 6 oz Harissa or Roasted Red Pepper -Walnut Dip
  • 1 - 10 oz Manzanilla Olives
  • 1 - 10 Oz Marinated Artichokes
  • Assortment of cut Veggies like cucumbers, carrots and radishes
  • 1 packet of pita bread, cut into triangles and warmed

Instructions

  1. Arrange a big serving platter and few serving bowl. Fill the bowls with hummus, red pepper spread, marinated artichokes and olives. Drizzle some olive oil over hummus for extra authentic feel.
  2. Artfully arrange all the veggies and pita bread pieces around the bowls. Replenish and serve as needed. You can mix and match the veggies and pita pieces as a base. You can also layer and fill the pita pockets to make a fabulous sandwich.
  3. Remember, there really is no right or wrong way to create and enjoy mezze platter. Best way is to share and enjoy it with lively hearty conversation.

Notes

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE HUMMUS

  1. In a blender, add garlic, drained garbanzo beans , lemon juice, tahini sauce, cilantro and de-seeded jalapeno pieces and salt . Blend to smooth by adding little water.
  2. When you see mixture starts to form a paste, change the blender to pulse. Slowly pour olive oil through the spout while you are on pulse setting of the blender. It adds extra fluffy and creamy texture.
  3. Change the setting to blend and continue till mixture is creamy and well mixed. Hummus is ready to serve. Adding olive oil while blending adds extra creaminess so you can almost skip the tahini sauce if its not easily available.
  4. Your creamy, velvety, yummy hummus is ready!

How to Cook Dry Chickpeas In Instant Pot

  1. You soak the dried chickpeas for few hours and then pressure cook them in InstantPot on BEAN setting.
  2. Use enough water to cover the beans entirely. Use BEAN setting and let it cook automatically. If you want to use MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK buttons, choose 12-15 minutes for soaked beans and 25-30 minutes for dry - washed beans.
  3. After they are cooked, let them cool down completely. Then freeze them in individual portion sizes.
  4. It's essentially like using canned chickpeas whenever you need them but MUCH BETTER. Instant Pot cooks these dried beans to smooth and soft to utmost perfection !!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 620mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 7gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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Tuesday 12th of February 2019

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