Meze is a selection of small plates served alongside drinks or as appetizers in countries like Greece and Turkey. Popular meze dishes include babaganoush, falafel, hummus, tabbouleh and halloumi cheese, but these can vary by region. We love this recipe inspired by Turkish stuffed grape leaves—these get filled with tangy goat cheese and then grilled until the cheese starts to melt. If you like hummus, you should definitely give babaganoush a try. We like to roast the whole eggplant so it gets a rich, smoky flavor before pureeing it with pine nuts, herbs, onions, lemon juice and garlic. It’s a perfect party dip and tastes delicious with pita bread and fresh veggies. Get these recipes and more from F&W’s guide to meze.
Greece’s answer to fried mozzarella, halloumi, is a firm cheese with a high melting point that makes it perfect for high-heat frying. The inside becomes salty, rich, and softened without turning gooey. Alongside the halloumi, fried lemons slices, olives, and peperoncini offer a palate-cleansing hit of brine and citrus that will keep you coming back for more. Don’t forget the cooling yogurt sauce, which keeps these addictive halloumi fries nice and fresh.
Create a classic meze spread with these recipe ideas, including caramelized kimchi baba ghanoush, a garlicky skordalia served with salt cod fritters, lima bean hummus and more.
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