The Midwest is experiencing a heat wave which has me thinking about Greek meze! What is meze (pronounced meh-zay), you may ask?
Meze is the term for a traditional Greek way of eating — lots of small dishes, served with drinks, and enjoyed with family and friends over several hours. Some people may view this as eating lots of appetizers, but appetizers are meant to whet the appetite, not create an entire meal. Greek meze is so much more than that!
My husband loves to eat the “meze way” — in fact, it took some getting used to. I grew up eating the traditional Midwestern way — large plates of food, in other words. Eating lots of little dishes didn’t seem like a “real” meal, but I soon adapted and now, when visiting a Greek restaurant, especially in summer, it’s meze all the way!
Traditional meze will include both hot and cold dishes and they are usually really simple items with big flavors. Things like feta, olives and tzatziki (cucumber-yogurt dip) will usually be present. Meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, taramosalata (fish roe spread) and grilled octopus, vegetable salads, breads, Greek sausages, spanakopita triangles — these can all be part of a meze meal. With your tasty foods, you’ll drink a nice, piquant retsina wine (an acquired taste with it’s piney, almost minty, aftertaste, but one I like) and maybe even a shot of ouzo. (What do I mean maybe?)
Here’s an example of a lovely and easy “meze” dish for you to try:
My next Callie’s Kitchen Mystery (title soon to be revealed) is set in the summertime and of course, I will include a meze recipe or two. More on Book 3 soon! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter today, since I will be sending out a new issue this Friday — and it’s got some subscriber-only info. Don’t miss out! You can sign up by clicking here.
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Culinary Cozy Spring Fling Recap
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