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Get Your Appetite Going with These Delicious Greek Meze Recipes

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Get Your Appetite Going with These Delicious Greek Meze Recipes

What are some classic Greek meze dishes that would be perfect to serve at a party or gathering?

Get Your Appetite Going with These Delicious Greek Meze Recipes

Introduction

In Greece, meze (pronounced meh-ZEH) are small dishes, similar to Spanish tapas, that are often served as an appetizer or snack before a main meal. They usually consist of a variety of hot and cold dishes, both savory and sweet, that can be enjoyed with drinks or as part of a larger feast.

Here are three simple, delicious meze recipes that you can easily make at home. They are perfect for entertaining guests, or simply enjoying as a tasty and healthy snack.

Recipe 1: Greek Salad Skewers

Greek Salad Skewers

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
    • 1 cucumber, cut into rounds
    • 1/2 red onion, cut into chunks
    • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
    • 4 ounces feta cheese, cut into cubes
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • Skewers
  • Instructions:
    • 1. Thread the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, olives, and feta cheese onto skewers.
    • 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper.
    • 3. Drizzle the skewers with the dressing and serve.

Recipe 2: Tzatziki Dip

Tzatziki Dip

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 large cucumber, peeled and grated
    • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Instructions:
    • 1. Place the grated cucumber in a fine-mesh strainer and press out as much liquid as possible.
    • 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice.
    • 3. Stir in the dill and cucumber.
    • 4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Recipe 3: Grilled Halloumi Cheese

Grilled Halloumi Cheese

  • Ingredients:
    • 8 ounces halloumi cheese, cut into 8 slices
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Instructions:
    • 1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
    • 2. Brush both sides of the halloumi slices with olive oil.
    • 3. Sprinkle the oregano, salt, and pepper on both sides of the cheese.
    • 4. Place the cheese slices on the grill and cook for 1-2 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and the cheese is slightly softened.
    • 5. Serve hot.

Now that you have these delicious meze recipes, you can impress your friends and family with the flavors of Greece. They are easy to make, healthy and perfect for any occasion.

Enjoy!

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