A Greek mezze is essentially a variety of small plates, designed for sharing. Create a mini one to accompany drinks, the start of the meal or really go to town and build a full mezze table as a main meal to share and celebrate with family and friends. Our recipe guru Sorrel shares her suggestions for how to create one at home.
How to create a Greek Mezze board
Pick 2-3 items from each category.
Tzatiki- a yogurt, cucumber and mint dip that is cooling and great served with grilled meats. TO THE RECIPE
Melitzanosalata- a smoky whole roasted aubergine dip. Great scooped up with toasted pitas. TO THE RECIPE
Htipiti- a red pepper and feta dip. Creamy and tangy with a kick from chilli. Adds a splash of colour to your meze board too. TO THE RECIPE
Greek salad- no Greek feast would be complete without the quintessential Greek salad. Typically made with the best summer veg- tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and red onions, tumbled with tangy feta and some fresh herbs. TO THE RECIPE
Gigantes beans- ‘giant’ butterbeans cooked in a tomato sauce. TO THE SHOP
Halloumi, Cherry & Lentil Salad- golden cubes of fried halloumi atop a herby lentil salad studded with seasonal juicy dates. TO THE RECIPE
Tabbouleh- chop huge handfuls of fresh parsley and mint and toss through steamed couscous or bulgar. TO THE RECIPE
Stifado- a low and slow spiced beef and wine stew. TO THE RECIPE
Meatballs- our lamb and mint ones are great to serve with dips, breads and salads. TO THE RECIPE
BBQ- chicken breasts, lamb, pork chops and veg are all great grilled till charred and smoky on the BBQ. TO THE SHOP
Feta- not just for the Greek salad. Lightly coated in batter and fried till melting, feta sagnaki is a wonderful addition. Try it drizzled with honey. TO THE RECIPE
Halloumi- you can fry or grill slices. Or roast a whole block, drizzle with honey. TO THE RECIPE
Sheeps & goats cheese- these soft cheeses are a lovely addition to your board. Drizzle with honey, crack over some pepper and chop over some herbs. TO THE SHOP
Garlic & lemon marinated cod, hake or salmon to remind you of looking out to sea. - TO THE SHOP
Smoked mackerel- TO THE SHOP
Whole trout- stuff a trout with plenty of herbs, slices of fennel and lemon for an impressive showstopping main. TO THE SHOP
Fresh or tinned sardines. TO THE SHOP
Fruit & veg
Fill gaps between bowls and platters with ready to eat veg. These are brilliant for dipping into dips or serving alongside grilled meats for contrast in heat and sweet. Adds brilliant colour too. TO THE SHOP
- Drape vines of cherry tomatoes
- Chunks of cucumber
- Whole carrots
- Wedges of watermelon/ melon
- Fresh figs
- Medjool or dried dates
- Dried apricots
- Grilled peppers, aubergines, courgettes
Bread and sides
Pitta- great griddled or toasted to scoop, fill, dip or dunk. Alternatively, cut them into small long thin strips for a Greek take on breadsticks, drizzle with oil and bake for 15-20 mins till crisp. TO THE SHOP
Olives- wouldn’t be all Greek without some olives. We have a great selection in our shop. TO THE SHOP
Nuts- walnuts and almonds are great to fill any gaps on your board. Perfect snacking and adding texture to dips, eating with cheese or stirring into yogurt and honey. TO THE SHOP
Falafel- bake or make your own- a delicious vegan bite. TO THE SHOP
Herbs- potted herbs dotted on the table allow your guests to pick some to add to their dishes. Mint, basil, thyme and parsley work really well and a great alternative to floral arrangements (but we love those too). TO THE SHOP
How to serve
Serving bowls and platters. Small bowls and plates in various sizes to serve meze. Use whatever you have in your kitchen to serve up your Greek feast. It doesn’t have to match. It’s all part of the rustic charm. Wood, ceramic, pottery, glass and metal. Tea cups work brilliantly too.
Don’t forget serving spoons, forks and knives.
A wooden board stood on a few tins. This will create extra space for a table groaning with Greek delights. It also adds added interest with different levels.
Why don’t you turn your entire table into a mezze board? Line the centre of the table with a few chopping boards or wooden boards. Then group each item (olives, dolmades, hummus, cheese, grapes, nuts, breads and salads) on the boards to create a stunning and fun (and completely edible) centrepiece.
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