The Ultimate Mezze Platter

Appetizers + Snacks
July 12, 2021
Appetizers + Snacks
July 12, 2021

The Ultimate Mezze Platter

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 0 min
  • Total time: 10 min

Step aside cheeseboards, it’s mezze boards time to shine. This colorful Mezze Platter is loaded up with Mediterranean dips, fresh veggies, olives, and pita bread for the ultimate, grazeable snack board.

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The Ultimate Mezze Platter

Step aside cheese boards, it’s mezze boards time to shine. This colorful Mezze Platter is loaded up with Mediterranean dips, fresh veggies, olives, and pita bread for the ultimate, grazeable snack board.

mezze platter with veggies, pita, olives and spreads

Mediterranean Mezze Platter

Cheeseboards are cool and all, but hear me out: nezze boards. This mezze platter is loaded up with fresh veggies, flavorful dips and spreads, olives, and warm pita for the ultimate Mediterranean grazing board. This gorgeous platter is perfect as an appetizer, snack, or no fuss lunch to share with friends.

mezze board with spreads, hummus, pita, and veggies

So what is a mezze platter?

I used to work at a Middle Eastern bakery in Cambridge, MA. It was my first up close encounter with Middle Eastern cuisine, and I fell madly in love with the delicious flavors and fresh foods. My days were spent cutting chocolate hazelnut baklava, soaking revani in syrup, and making Turkish coffee. I’d cook giant batches of homemade chai syrup, snack on scraps of sesame cashew bars, and package up all types of mezze, or dips and spreads, for our take-home case.

One of the highlights of my day was lunch, because I got to try alllllll of the delicious things. And though I made my fair share of rounds on the menu, I always came back to our mezze platter, an oblong plate with 5 rounded scoops of dips and spreads all made in house. Mezze is very popular in the Middle East as a snack, appetizer, lunch or dinner, and, most importantly, it’s meant to share! Mezze platters should be loaded up with spreads and lots of vessels to consume them on.

I like to make sure my Mezze boards have the following four groups

  • Fresh Veggies: This mezze board is loaded up with radishes, tomatoes, and cucumbers, but baby carrots, eggplant, or sliced pepper would be just as tasty!
  • Olives/something pickled: I LOVE olives so I usually go heavy on those, but pickles or artichokes would be equally delicious
  • Cheese: Mezze platters are where salty, fresh foods get to shine. So you’re obviously going to want to include some fresh feta cheese.
  • Spreads: Now this is the real start of a high quality mezze board. I like to do hummus, muhammara, tzatziki, and labneh, but you can feel free to use whatever spreads are your favorite. If you have the time, make them homemade, but if you don’t (totally understandable!), you can find high quality spreads at your grocery store or often at a local Mediterranean restaurant!
  • Bread: I highly recommend warm pita bread, but you can always sub it out for any other carby vessel to slather with spreads, top with cheese, or soak up some high quality olive oil.

mezze platter with veggies, pita, olives and spreads

Tips for a beautiful mezze board

It seems silly to even write a recipe out for a mezze board because it’s so customizable, but if you’re new the the platter game, you might be looking for a little direction.

  • More is more: Like cheeseboards, mezze boards should be LOADEDperfect for a crowd, or for a few people to graze over as a meal. most stuff keeps
  • Don’t be afraid of color: There is nothing better than eating every single color of the rainbow. Not only is it nutritious, it also just makes your eyes happy. Mix all the vibrant colors of fresh veggies, dips and spreads for an Instagram worthy mezze platter.
  • Different textures: The key to a crowd pleasing mezze platter is variety. Some people love to load up their spreads on crunchy crackers, while others prefer a soft pita bread. Use a variety of vessels and spreads to keep everyone happy and grazing.
  • Serve with wine: Um, DUH. The only thing better than a mezze platter enjoyed with friends is a mezze platter AND wine enjoyed with friends.b

I’ve outlined a rough recipe below for you, but the best part about mezze boards is that you can make them with your favorite veggies, shareable dips, and dipping vessels. Pour yourself a big ol’ glass of wine and enjoy this mezze platter!

Happy grazing, my friends!

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The Ultimate Mezze Platter

Step aside cheeseboards, it’s mezze boards time to shine. This colorful Mezze Platter is loaded up with Mediterranean dips, fresh veggies, olives, and pita bread for the ultimate, grazeable snack board.

Step aside cheeseboards, it’s mezze boards time to shine. This colorful Mezze Platter is loaded up with Mediterranean dips, fresh veggies, olives, and pita bread for the ultimate, grazeable snack board.

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: board
  • Cuisine: mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegetarian
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: board
  • Cuisine: mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegetarian
Scale:
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: board
  • Cuisine: mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe homemade hummus
  • 1 recipe muhammara
  • 1 recipe beet tzatziki
  • 1/2 cup labneh
  • 1 small block feta cheese, cubed
  • 68 mini cucumbers, sliced into sticks
  • 10 small radishes, quartered
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 8 ounces olives (use whatever is your favorite!)
  • 8 store bought grape leaves
  • 46 pita bread rounds
  • fresh herbs, optional

Instructions

  1. If making homemade dips, prepare according to directions.
  2. On a large serving platter, use a large spoon to drop the hummus, muhammara, tzatiziki, and labneh into separate rounds throughout the board so that you’re creating negative space to nestle your other ingredients in. I also like to place the feta now as it is another large item.
  3. Slice up your veggies and arrange them around the dips.
  4. If using grape leaves or a prepared salad, position on the easily accessible edges of the mezze board.
  5. Place your pita bread or crackers into the remaining empty spots. Last fit the olives into any remaining spots.
  6. If desired, top with fresh mint, parsley, and cilantro to add some extra flavor!
  7. Devour! If you don’t finish your mezze board, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for up to 5 days!

Keywords: mezze platter, mezze board

Notes

  1. Mezze platters are super customizable, so feel free to use whatever veggies, scooping vessels and dips you prefer!
  2. If you’re feeling lazy, you can always buy your dips from a local restaurant or the grocery sotre. If you’re in the Boston area I highly recommend Sofra Bakery.

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