Meze

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.

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Halloumi Fritto Misto
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.
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Circassian Chicken

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This cool chicken salad in a creamy walnut sauce supposedly got its name because its color resembles the pale complexions of the Circassian beauties in the sultan's harem during the Ottoman Empire. The mild, slightly nutty chicken is traditionally served as part of a Turkish meze assortment, and can be drizzled with red pepper oil. In this version, Turkish red pepper replaces the pepper oil.Plus: More Chicken Recipes and Tips