This Easy to Make Mezze Platter is the perfect appetizer dish for your next party! A combination of fresh vegetables, cured meats, nuts and olives are paired with delicious hummus and tzatziki. Add in pita bread, then arrange the ingredients in your favorite dish or on a board for a gorgeous presentation!
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What do I need to make the Mezze Platter?
A Mezze Platter is made with a variety of snack items like dips, Mediterranean cheeses, cured meats, vegetables, fruit, nuts and olives. It can be created with any combination that you prefer. The meat can also be left out if you would like to make a vegetarian Mezze Platter. Here are the ingredients that I used to create mine.
- Beet Hummus
- Olive Oil
- Pine Nuts
- Rainbow Carrots
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Roast Beef
- Green Olives
- Black Olives
- Mixed Nuts
- Jarred Cherry Peppers
- Pita Bread
- Tzatziki Sauce
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How do I make the Mezze Platter?
This Mediterranean platter is so simple to assemble! It takes just about 10 minutes to assemble this beautiful party tray
Step 1: Choose the platter
First, pick out what dish or board that you would like to build the Mediterranean appetizers on. I used a 10×15 inch ceramic baking dish. However, it can also be created on a wood cutting board or a baking sheet.
Step 2: Start in the center
The best way to build the Mezze platter is by starting in the center. I chose my homemade beet hummus to put in the middle because I love the vibrant color of it! Sometimes I also use my Dill Hummus Recipe too. However, if you are short on time, store bought is fine! Just add the hummus to a medium size bowl and drizzle olive oil on top, then sprinkle with pine nuts.
Step 3: Add the vegetables and cured meat
Arrange platter with carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. Then, add the cured meat. I rolled up the roast beef slices and stood them up for presentation.
Step 4: Fill in the gaps of the Mezze Platter
Keep building with the other ingredients, filling in gaps with nuts, cherry peppers and olives. Add tzatziki sauce to a small bowl and place on the cucumber. I chose this spot because the cucumber slices are flat and they pair well with the tzatziki. Feel free to add more vegetables, antipasto or nuts of your choice. Serve it up at your next party and enjoy!
Recipe Tips and Variations
Here are some tips for creating the perfect Mezze Platter. There are also several variations for this party appetizer and it can be customized with your favorite foods!
- Tips for assembling: The easiest way is to put dips or/and spreads in bowls. Place bowls on the board then start by arranging the other ingredients around the bowls.
- Prepare it ahead of time: Make the platter ahead of time. Then, cover it with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Length of time it can be kept out: The platter should not stay out for longer than 2 hours on the table.
- What to do with leftovers: Store leftovers separately in the food container. You can use the cured meat to make sandwiches.
- Use other cured meats: Prosciutto, bacon, pancetta, pastrami, and sopressata are all great additions!
- Add Cheese: Tuck in slices of your favorite cheeses or add a small bowl with crumbled feta.
Easy to Make Mezze Platter
- 2 cups hummus I used homemade beet hummus because I love the vibrant color. However, any type can be used!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons pine nuts roasted
- 8 ounces rainbow carrots or small carrots peeled and washed
- 8 ounces cherry tomatoes
- 1 cucumber sliced
- 8 ounces salami sliced
- 8 ounce roast beef sliced
- 1/2 cup green olives
- 1/2 cup black olives
- 1 cup mixed nuts I used pistachio and almond
- 1 cup roasted cherry peppers in jar drained
- 2 figs cut in half
- 2 pita bread cut into triangles
- 1/2 cup tzatziki sauce
- Fresh parsley for garnish
- Prepare the Mezze platter in a very large dish or wooden board. The one I used is 10x15 inch.
- Place the hummus in a bowl, pour a bit of extra virgin olive oil on top and sprinkle some grilled pine nuts on it. Place in the center of the platter.
- Arrange platter with carrots, tomatoes and cucumber first.
- Then, add the cured meat. I rolled up the roast beef slices and stood them up for presentation.
- Keep building with the other ingredients, filling in gaps with nuts, cherry peppers and olives.
- Add tzatziki sauce to a small bowl and place on the cucumber. I chose this spot because the cucumber slices are flat and they pair well with the tzatziki.
- Feel free to add more vegetables, antipasto or nuts of your choice.