Greek Meze Dips

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Greek Meze Dips

Greek Meze Dips

These Greek Meze Dips are so tasty and delicious and so much fun to prepare. There are many types of Greek cooking and the best way to taste them all is to actually try some Greek Meze Dips when you visit Greece. Each island has their own version. I am really familiar with Cyprus, but it’s not really fair to choose which you think might be the best as they all differ so much.

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….

In a Cypriot restaurant, a meze can be small dishes of moussaka, kleftiko, stuffed vines and stifado and many more varied types of dishes. I will try to make them all eventually as they are really worth doing. I have travelled to Greece and Cyprus many times, and I have been lucky enough to try many different dishes – to me they are all delicious. The Greeks and Cypriots also drizzle extra virgin olive oil over all the dips as they are very proud of their oil and so they should be – delicious!

Lets see how to make these lovely little Greek Meze Dips:

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Greek Meze Dips
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Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the feta cheese:
For Kalamata olives:
For the salad:
For garlic dip:
For Taramasalata:
For Tzatziki:
For Houmous
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the feta cheese:
For Kalamata olives:
For the salad:
For garlic dip:
For Taramasalata:
For Tzatziki:
For Houmous
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
For Feta cheese:
  1. Make sure you buy the best cheese you can find. I use the village one as it has the best flavour. Cut the cheese in middle of the block and then drizzle with olive oil.
For Kalamata olives:
  1. Find the best quality kalamata olives, then pour them in a nice dish then serve. always serve this dish in a clay dish, this will add not just the look but the flavour too.
For Salad:
  1. In your choice of a bowl mix all the ingredients together then season, add one dice of feta cheese then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. You can can add more salad choice if you wish.
For Garlic dip:
  1. Peel the potato then place in the food processor with the rest of ingredients and then blitz well. Serve in your choice of dish. Decorate with an olive then drizzle with olive oil.
For Taramasalata:
  1. Soak the bread well, then add to the food processor, then blitz. Add the fish roe, then blitz well again, then add the oil slowly and then the lemon juice, and lastly the food colouring (optional) then blitz again. Serve in nice dish and decorate with a slice of lemon.
For Tzatziki:
  1. Put all the ingredient in a bowl mix well then taste to see if you need more lemon juice. serve in a nice bowl and then garnish with a slice of cucumber.
For Houmous:
  1. Add all the ingredients and blitz well, then add the liquid that you have reserved from the tinned chick peas and blitz. Add more water if you like your dip runny. Drizzle olive oil over then sprinkle with paprika.
  2. Always serve a Meze with pita bread and a nice bowl of fruit - there's nothing more Greek than figs and grapes. Enjoy with a nice Cyprus or Greek wine.
Recipe Notes

You can use dried chick peas but you must soak them overnight in water then boil them the next day before you add them to the ingredients.

I like mine from the tin -  it's so much quicker when you are in a hurry.

You can add mint and olive oil to Tzatziki if you wish but traditionally you don't.

I did not get a chance to decorate my dips as I was in a hurry, but like I said before, it makes a great difference when you do.

For the rest of the meze see these links:

Authentic Greek Meze Recipes       Pastitsio Greek Macaroni pie     Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers and many more.

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