Make something special for yourself that you used to just make for company
2020 put a damper on dinner parties. Initially it was hard to get used to, but soon we adapted by getting together for outdoor potluck gatherings with friends. We got really good at making impromptu Mediterranean mezze platters with quick dips and raw veggie slices, and then filling in the board with crackers, olives, and nuts.
With the winter holidays approaching, I thought about the appetizer boards we made for our socially distanced gatherings, and came up with this easy recipe.
Quick and easy Mediterranean Mezze
You’ll want to make the hummus from scratch as it is so much more delicious than store-bought varieties. Either canned or homemade chickpeas will do. Maybe try making some stuffed dates (see recipe). Everything else is super easy, cutting up some fruits and veggies, and putting out prepared foods like olives, Marcona almonds, dried figs, crackers, and bread.
Ingredients you’ll need
- Hummus (see recipe below for delicious homemade version)
- Dates, walnuts, pomegranate seed
- Assorted raw veggies
- Fresh and dried fruits
- Toasted nuts (try Marcona almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, or pecans)
- Crackers, bread
Change up your Mediterranean Mezze Platter with different ingredients
This is just one suggestion for a Mediterranean mezze platter. You might also want to add dolmas, baba ganoush, spinach-artichoke dip, dried apricots, feta cheese, and roasted eggplant or other seasonal vegetables. Here’s a picture of one I made last summer with roasted eggplant and cauliflower, artichokes, red bell peppers, olives, pine nuts, and white bean dip. So delicious!
Recipe and VideoPrint
Colorful plant-based snack platter with many variations. Try for your next picnic or stay-at-home celebration.
Blend chickpeas, garlic, salt, cumin, and lemon juice in a food processor. Add a tablespoon or two water or chickpea cooking liquid (if homemade chickpeas) to help the chickpeas blend well. Add tahini and 1 tablespoons olive oil. Process until smooth. Serve in a small bowl garnished with olive oil, parsley, and paprika. Refrigerate any leftovers in a covered glass container for up to 5 days.
Place a piece of walnut or pecan inside each date half. Serve on the board sprinkled with pomegranate seeds for color.
Miscellaneous platter items
Choose a variety of items from the list and arrange on your platter or wooden cutting board in a decorative fashion around the bowl of hummus and stuffed dates. Place little spoons, forks, and tongs around the board for people to serve themselves different items from the platter. Enjoy!