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10

Mezze, Meze, or Mezza… it’s all good!

I love Mediterranean food. I love the way they eat. I love that they are super healthy people. My favorite way to entertain is Mezze. The fundamental principle is taking your time, and building community… hmmm – I think this is a recurring theme for me.

The thing I love about this style of entertaining is its simplicity. The basic philosophy is contrast: hot/cold, crispy/smooth, spicy/mild, savory/sweet! If you want to try it – Trader Joe’s is the perfect place to buy everything you need without  cooking a thing! Following a list of foods that work:

  • Roasted almonds (mix them with dried fruit for added bang)
  • Olives – green, black, different sizes, etc
  • Goat Cheese (mix it half and half with cottage cheese, add some olive oil and black pepper and WOW)
  • Cheeses
  • Cold cuts
  • Small bites of grilled meats – Lamb chops, chicken, sausages, etc
  • Fresh veggies
  • Hummus
  • Baba Ghanouj (eggplant version of hummus)
  • Prawns – sauteed in olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, sherry, cayenne, parsley – served in their pan juices.
  • Nice crusty bread
  • Dried fruits – figs, apricots, dates
  • Fresh fruit – whatever is in season
  • YOUR IMAGINATION

If you want to try this and need help, email me, send me mailbox question – I’ll feed you lots of ideas!

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