Take your holiday entertaining to the Mediterranean with a hummus platter complete with meze, tapas, and other snacks to keep your guests happy!
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With holiday entertaining in full swing, I sometimes run out of gas when planning menus and making holiday appetizers. The easiest thing to do is make a cheese board and let people snack on that.
I have really relied on these tapas platters and cheese boards to help me get through the day.
And the night for that matter.
And this busy season to help ease the stress of holiday entertaining. Throwing the traditional cheese board on its head, I am not using cheese this time, but hummus.
I guess you can call it a hummus board and I’m ok with that but I’m going to call it a Hummus Meze Platter because there is much more than just hummus!
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MEZZE PLATTER FOR ENTERTAINING
Hummus originated in Egypt and is now popular throughout the Middle East and other countries. Probably because it is so delicious!
The combination of chickpeas and tahini is beyond crazy good and I love the addition of different flavor profiles to the base recipe.
I have been making a lot of cheese boards lately and I love coming up with new foods and new flavor combinations to add to them.
During my last trip to the grocery store, I was strolling around the deli section looking for new meats and cheeses and came upon the new flavors of hummus.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TAPAS AND MEZZE?
I immediately had an idea to change my cheese board into a “tapas” or “meze” board.
Tapas is a Spanish term for a variety of appetizers or small plates that usually include olives and cheese. Mezze is essentially the same thing but the term originated in Persian and Turkish regions.
Basically, it is small plates and snacks used for grazing. Grazing just happens to be my second favorite pastime!
For this hummus meze and tapas board, I decided to use foods from the Mediterranean region to keep it legit. For those of you on the Mediterranean Diet, this board is for you!
I started with hummus as the central ingredient. Hummus is popular all over the world and I knew that the flavors will pair well with the other items I have chosen.
I grabbed some olives and apricots that are popular in that region and feta cheese which is a sheep’s milk cheese from Greece.I decided to whip some of the feta with fresh mint for another “dip.”
WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH HUMMUS?
Some of my favorite vegetables I love to eat with hummus are cucumbers and red pepper slices. Carrots are great too but not really a Mediterranean vegetable and it might make your eggplant jealous.
Instead of the same cracker I always use, I decided on pita bread for this hummus meze board.
Pita is very popular in Middle Eastern cuisine and in the Mediterranean and makes a great stand-in for American crackers.
Along with the soft pita bread, toasted pita chips add a nice crunch and texture contrast with the hummus.
My cheese boards always contain a nut of some sort so I thought a toasted pine nut would go great on this mezze platter.
Boar’s Head has a roasted pine nut hummus flavor so I stole the idea and toasted some in a dry skillet. These tiny nuts add a nice texture to the creamy hummus and whipped feta spread when sprinkled on top.
Snacking on this hummus mezze platter is the perfect way spend time with friends and family this holiday season. And it keeps you from getting too stressed.
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MORE EASY PARTY FOODS
- Boar's Head Hummus (I used the Roasted Garlic flavor)
- Fresh Grapes
- Toasted Pine Nuts
- Pita Bread (sliced into wedges)
- Toasted Pita Chips
- Red Pepper Slices
- Kalamata Olives
- Sliced Cucumbers
- Dried Apricots
- Whipped Feta Mint Spread
For the Whipped Feta Mint Spread
- 8 ounces feta cheese
- 3 ounces whipped cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint (sliced thin)
- 2 tablespoons milk
Make your whipped feta mint spread
- Combine the feta cheese and whipped cream cheese in a food processor.
- Puree until combined.
- Add the milk and puree until smooth and fluffy.
- Remove from processor and stir in the sliced mint.
- Store in a bowl in the fridge until ready to serve.
Assemble all your ingredients and arrange on your board or serving platter.
- Enjoy with friends and family!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0
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