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Easy Mediterranean Mezze Platter on wooden board

Easy Mediterranean Mezze Platter

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  • Author: Rachel Zierzow
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

Colorful plant-based snack platter with many variations. Try for your next picnic or stay-at-home celebration.


Ingredients

Hummus
1 – 15-ounce can chickpeas or 2 cups homemade chickpeas
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons water or chickpea cooking liquid
6 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
a few sprigs parsley, chopped for garnish
a few pinches paprika, for garnish
Stuffed Dates 
8 whole Medjool dates, cut in half and pitted
8 walnut or pecan halves, toasted and cut in half lengthwise 
2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds (optional)
Miscellaneous platter items (choose a variety)
3 baby cucumbers, sliced in half and cut in half lenthwise
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
2 carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
1 bunch red radishes, sliced into rounds
1/2 cup dried apricots, dried figs, dried cranberries, or dried cherries
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 pound seedless grapes, cut into small bunches
12 dolmas
1/2 cup Marcona almonds, toasted pine nuts, or toasted pistachios
1/2 cup olives (such as castlevetrano or kalamata)
Mini pita breads, crackers, or breadsticks
sprigs of parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme (for garnish)

Instructions

Hummus

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.

Stuffed Dates

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!

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