An array of Greek and Middle Eastern meze makes a fun and elegant dinner party presentation. Find delicious recipes here, for everything from houmous to dolmades.
This Greek meze is perfect for entertaining, and the pastry could not be easier to make. Serve as a nibble or starter, and enjoy the leftovers for weeks to come - they freeze well after they're baked. Just defrost and pop them in a warm oven, and you'll think they're freshly baked.
This is an easy recipe for pitta bread. Use your bread machine to help the dough rise easily, otherwise - cover and let it rise in a warm place.
This is an authentic spinach pie stuffed with spinach, onions, cheeses and herbs that are all enveloped by crispy, flaky filo pastry.
This Greek yoghurt sauce made with cucumbers and fresh mint is a classic. Serve with kebabs, chips, crusty bread or warm pitta. You need to make this in advance but it still tastes really fresh.
This Greek-inspired version is great cut into wedges and served with crisp salad leaves.
Feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and black olives are blended in this full-flavoured Greek inspired dip. Serve as part of a meze spread with good crusty bread. Also great on sandwiches!
This basic recipe for houmous is quick and easy - you'll have no reason to buy it from the supermarket again!
An easy, yummy way to make falafel - first pan fried, then finished in the oven. Serve with pitta bread and your favourite tzatziki.
This is a Greek recipe for prawn saganaki which is great as a starter or meze. It is a delicious dish that I'd only tried in restaurants, but when I tried to make it at home I found that I can make it just as well. Serve with nice crusty bread to mop up all the gorgeous sauce.
The only tricky part of this recipe is working with filo pastry, but once you get used to it - it's easy. Sometimes you get a batch of filo that rips and tears, so I always buy an extra just in case. I usually freeze these before baking. Just add a few minutes to the cooking time if you are cooking them from frozen. I have also doubled this recipe for large parties.