There are many dishes you can make to use in a meze – from dips to main courses – some are easy and others take a long time, but most of all they are fun to make, and worth every minute. Authentic Greek Meze dishes are all different – each island seems to have their own version – but they are all adorable and really tasty.
You can make them as a starter so your guest can help themselves as they drink good wine, chatting with each other, until the main coarse is ready, or you can simply serve them as a the main course it’s really up to you, you are the boss, and its your kitchen!
Tapas dishes are traditionally from Spain but it has the same meaning as meze – so it means ‘lots of dishes’ or ‘a good selection’. The word ‘Mezé’ is shortened from ‘Mezedhes’ (or at least that’s what I was told by my friend Stella) Well here in Europe we use the word ‘nibbles’ but that usually refers to a few snacks and crisps – perhaps our equivalent is more like a small finger buffet perhaps….
It’s a good feeling to have when your friends liking your food and questioning you about it – usually its things like ‘where did you get the recipe?’ or ‘how did you come to make this?’ – I am always happy to explain recipes and methods, so they keep asking! Not everyone likes cooking – some people find cooking is a chore, which I think is a shame – cooking should be an enjoyable hobby as well as a method of feeding yourself or your family. I find cooking very relaxing indeed – I also enjoy making the finishing touches and the presentation. Cooking should always be fun and enjoyable. Authentic Greek Meze Recipes – just like mama used to make!
So let’s enjoy making these dishes: