This Ultimate Greek Meze Platter will for sure impress your guests! By adding some traditional Greek spreads, veggies, and lots of pita bread, you can easily re-create this platter at home for YOUR next party!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cento. All opinions are my own.
Being Greek, I have had plenty different types of meze in my life. Some have been better than others but as long as there is lots of pita bread and feta cheese, I am a happy girl.
A meze platter can be small or large depending how many people you are having. This post is the ULTIMATE mezze platter so it should serve anywhere from 15-20 people.
What Is A Meze Platter?
Meze or "mezze" are simply known as small dishes. These small dishes or small plates are typically served as appetizers before your meal in many parts of the world especially the Mediterranean. Some are hot, some cold, some spicy.
A meze "platter" is a bunch of " mezethes" or Greek appetizers, dips and/or spreads all laid out on a large serving platter or cutting board. Think of it as being a Greek antipasti platter or a Greek tapas spread!
How To Make A Greek Meze Platter
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What I love about a meze or "mezzah" board, is that there is not ONE way to put one together. That's why I'm obsessed with making appetizer boards. You can put anything on a cutting board or even a large plate, and with minimal design skills, create a beautiful spread that can easily turn into a meal itself. Serve with some good wine and your guests will be very happy!
I like to serve this spread at holiday parties. It can serve a ton of people if you double or triple the ingredients. You can even make this gluten free by substituting the bread for GF bread or use GF crackers!
I like to keep a stash of my favorite Cento products in our pantry in case unexpected guests show up at our door. And since we all know I like to keep a large chunk of good feta in the fridge at ALL times, I am always snack-ready!
Another bonus is since most meze platters are served cold, you can assemble everything the day before and then just pull it out of the fridge the day of your party. Opa!
Here are some Greek food ideas I think would go well on your spread:
Meze Food Ideas
Dip and Spread Ideas
- Tirokafteri (traditional Greek spicy feta dip)
- Melitzanosalata (traditional Greek roasted eggplant spread)
- Hummus (any hummus works)
- Skordalia (traditional Greek potato garlic spread)
- Olive Tapenade (Olive spread)
- Tarama (Traditional Greek Fish roe spread)
- Fava Dip
Veggie and Fruit Ideas
- Greek Olives
- Green Olives (stuffed or not)
- Cucumbers (use the English ones or mini ones)
- Peppers (make it pretty with green, red, yellow and orange)
- Grape tomatoes
- Roasted red peppers
- Artichoke Hearts
- Lemon slices
- Hot peppers
- Gigante Beans
- Feta cheese
Other Mezze Board Add-Ins
- Dolmathakia (traditional mini Greek stuffed grape leaves)
- Keftedes (traditional Greek meatballs)
- Cocktail Shrimp
- Grilled Octopus
- Breadsticks (plain or sesame)
...and most importantly, LOTS and LOTS of fresh PITA bread...which is known as the "Greek spoon".
Have you checked out these 14 Quick and Easy Appetizers?
How Do I Serve A Meze Platter?
How you assemble and what you assemble your meze platter ON is important! Placing everything on their own separate dishes or in separate bowls is NOT ideal. You want the platter to look like one uniformly artistic spread of colorful food. A food masterpiece if you will.
With that said, don't worry about not doing it the "right" way. There is no right or wrong way. But to help you with your masterpiece, here are some assembling tips:
- Use as many colors as possible and spread the colors throughout the platter! For example, if your red color is coming from your tomatoes, portion your tomatoes out and place them around the platter in a few different spots. Also, don't place them directly next to other red veggies.
- Use multiple types of dippers and breads. Add pita bread, slices of a crusty baguette, Cento's breadsticks, crostini and/or bruschette rounds.
- Cut your veggies in fun and unique ways that are great for dipping! For example, long thin strips are always easy to dip!
Make This Meze Platter Vegan Friendly
To make this vegan friendly, simply omit the tzatziki and feta cheese dip. You can leave the eggplant and potato spread since they are both naturally vegan. You could also add another dip that I LOVE which is also vegan! It is made with white beans and is one of my favorite dips on my blog. Get the recipe here --> Cannellini Bean Dip with Garlic.
What Else Can You Serve On Your Platter?
You might want to add other Mediterranean appetizers onto your board if you want! Here are some other foods you can add onto your board that aren't Greek but still great for dipping!
- Roasted chickpeas
- Fried Halloumi cheese
- Dried Fruits
- Roasted or Spiced Nuts
- Za'atar spiced yogurt dip
- Mediterranean Couscous
- Chicken, lamb or vegetable kabobs
- Grilled Eggplant or Zucchini
And finally, don't forget to make your meze spread even MORE Greek by serving it with some Greek spirits like tsipouro or ouzo. You usually drink these by sipping on them in a small shot glass! Just don't forget to say OPA!!
Greek spreads you should serve with your meze platter:
The Ultimate Greek Meze Platter
Meze Platter Ingredients
- 1 11.6 oz Green Olives (Cento Cerignola Green Olives)
- 1 12 oz Marinated Artichoke Hearts (Cento Marinated Artichoke Hearts)
- 1 11.6 oz Kalamata Olives (Cento North & South Pitted Olives)
- 1 12 oz Pepperoncini (Cento Pepperoncini)
- 1 12 oz Roasted Peppers (Cento Roasted Red & Yellow Peppers)
- 7 oz Feta Block (in brine)
- 6 oz Cherry Tomatoes
- 1-2 Large Bell Pepper (green, red, yellow, or orange)
- 5-6 Mini Seedless Cucumbers
- 2 Celery Stalks
- 1 7 oz Can Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
- 6-8 oz Hard Greek Cheese (Look for Kasseri, Mizithra, or Kefalotiri)
- 14 oz Pita Bread (Cut into triangles)
- 1 Long Fresh Baguette
- 4.2 oz Breadsticks (Bellino Artisan Sesame)
- 4.2 oz Mini Bruschette (Bellino Classico Bruschette)
- Grab a large cutting board or platter. Add the tzatziki, melitzanosalata (eggplant spread), potato spread (skordalia) and spicy feta spread to small bowls, plates OR just scoop directly onto your board.
- Arrange all of the other ingredients around the spreads so the colors are nicely distributed. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just try not to put all of your green veggies next to each other. Same for the red. Add mini spoons to each dip so your guests can spread each dip easily.
- Save your breads (pita, sliced bread, bruschetta and breadsticks) for last so they don't go stale. I like to warm my pita bread and sliced bread just before serving!