Mediterranean Mezze Platter
Our Mediterranean version of a charcuterie board, this mezze platter is packed with meats cheeses, fruits, and vegetables. It’s the perfect snack for parties!
We enjoy a Mediterranean platter because it gives us such a wide range of delicious food to choose from. Mediterranean cuisine consists of dishes from Italy, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco. With so many options, there is no wrong way to do it!
This Mediterranean mezze platter is great for parties or just hanging out with friends. We often have what we call a snack dinner on the weekends. It’s perfect to snack on while binging your latest show or playing games with friends.
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What Does Mezze Mean?
Mezze, sometimes written as meze, means appetizer in the Mediterranean. It is traditionally served as several small dishes, served as part of a multi-course meal. It’s basically a charcuterie board, just geared towards Mediterranean foods.
Ingredients – Mezze Platter Ideas
This appetizer platter can be any combination of your favorite Mediterranean dishes and/or ingredients. We lean heavily towards Greek items when we make our platter, but there is no wrong way to do it. You can draw from all the Mediterranean regions.
Check out the olive bar at your local grocery store for interesting, marinated vegetables to add to your appetizer platter. If your store has one, it is usually found near the specialty cheese and cured meats.
While you’re there, browse the deli sections for any other meats and cheeses you will want to add to this dish.
Below, we have suggested items you can add to your mezze board but feel free to make this dish your own.
- Meats – Cured meats such as prosciutto, jamon serrano, salami, and chorizo
- Cheeses – Brie, goat cheese, feta cheese, haloumi, Manchego, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pecorino, whipped ricotta
- Dips – Tzatziki, hummus (you can try a red pepper hummus if you like a bit of spice or avocado hummus for a little extra creaminess), yogurt, baba ganoush, even olive oil
- Vegetables – Artichoke hearts, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, lemons, mushrooms, onions, roasted red peppers, radishes (pickled radishes are delicious too!), zucchini, pickled red onions, bell peppers
- Fruits – Dried or fresh fruit such as apricots, cherries, dates, and ﬁgs, grapes, melon, nectarines, olives, oranges, clementines, tangerines, pears, pomegranates, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes.
- Nuts – Almonds, pistachios, walnuts
- Prepared dishes – Tabbouleh, tomato and cucumber salad, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), falafels
- Breads/Crackers – Pita bread (fresh or chips), sliced French baguette, naan, crackers, bread sticks, cheese twists, etc.
How Do You Present a Mezze Platter?
Start with the board
You can serve on a large wood cutting board or serving tray (I suggest lining these with parchment paper to avoid moisture soaking into the wood), marble cutting board, slate cheese board, large ceramic or plastic serving platter, or a baking sheet.
These disposable trays are a great option for easy cleanup!
Your serving options are unlimited. You basically just need a big, flat surface to fill with all your food items!
Putting it all together
Next, you’ll want a few small bowls for your dips and spreads. You can also use small bowls or baskets to hold the bread items.
When you’re ready to assemble, I suggest starting by placing your bowls of dips/spreads on your surface and then build around them. It’s all about creating a full board with delicious little snacks covering every inch.
You can place the bread and crackers on the board, or you can place it in baskets or bowls alongside the platter. I usually do a mix of both since you can never have too much bread.
Remember, there is no wrong way to do it! Have fun with it! No matter how you do it, your friends are going to love it!
How to Eat a Mezze Platter
This is great for parties because it’s small, bite size portions that can easily be eaten standing up. All you need are small plates and forks for your guests, and they can pile their plates with all sorts of goodies and snack while they mingle!
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Mediterranean Mezze Platter
- 16 ounces Hummus
- 8 ounces Tzatziki
- 8 ounces Feta cheese
- 8 ounces Prosciutto
- 8 ounces Salami
- 16 ounces Fresh figs
- 8 ounces Olives
- 16 ounces Grapes
- 2 Cucumbers
- 8 ounces Grape tomatoes
- 4 ounces Pistachios
- 8 ounces Tabbouleh
- Assorted bread and crackers
- Place a few small bowls for your dips and spreads on a large platter or board. You can also use small bowls or baskets to hold the bread items.
- Arrange your ingredients around the bowls creating a flow of foods across the board. There is no right or wrong way you just want to create a full board with delicious little snacks covering every inch.
- Place the bread and crackers on the board, or you can place all or some of them in baskets or bowls alongside the platter. I usually do a mix of both since you can never have too much bread.