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What are your favourite mezze style dishes?

For a mezze style feast for ten people. Recipes please!

Bonus: I want to make baklava cheesecake for dessert - any tips on how to go about it?

asked by Imogen 6 months ago
11 answers 968 views
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inpatskitchen

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added 6 months ago

Not sure about the cheesecake but here's a nice article about the meze to get you started:
http://www.finecooking...

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added 6 months ago

I made a baklava cheesecake years ago... I made a 10" cheese cake flavored with honey & baked it. I cut 10 10" circles from phyllo, layered 5 with butter, sprinkled that with ground walnuts & sugar, with a little cinnamon & clove, and layered the rest of the phyllo circles with butter & put that on top of the walnuts. I cut the top layers into 12 wedges, then baked the phyllo layer at 350 until it was golden brown. Then I poured a syrup of thinned honey (about 1/2 cup) heated with lemon peel over the baked phyllo layer, 1/4 c first then 1/4 cup 20 minutes later, then let it cool--cut it all the way through into the 12 wedges and place the wedges on top of the baked cheesecake--cut between wedges to serve

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pierino

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added 6 months ago

This one is just simple assembly https://food52.com/recipes... but the key is to find good boquerones and meaty olives.

Another idea I borrowed from Jose Andres is simply shishito peppers just blistered in hot oil and sprinkled with Maldon salt. This ain't umami it's yo mommy callin'.

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cv
added 6 months ago

I love grilled shishito peppers but they are more of an August crop than a May item here in California.

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cv
added 6 months ago

Same with the padron peppers, definitely not May produce. I don't know where Imogen lives, but if it's not California, she's probably not seeing shishitos nor padrons in her local farmers market at this moment.

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pierino

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added 6 months ago

I am in California myself and I found shishito peppers just two weeks ago, and on sale at Albertsons. Possibly they are coming from Mexico which doesn't' really bother me.

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added 6 months ago

Trader Joe's usually carries Shishito Peppers in their produce section

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added 6 months ago

i vote muhammara ! it's made with red peppers, walnuts, pomegranate molasses, onions, breadcrumbs, and spices ... it's incredible and different from the typical hummus spread for a mezze. (that being said, hummus is amazing!!)

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added 6 months ago

(the recipe i use is from "classic lebanese cuisine" by kamal al-faqih ... but i'm sure a google search will turn something good up.)

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added 6 months ago

I live in the Middle East, and I make this lebheh dip to much fanfare! http://www.foodandwine... Serve with Arabic bread (or Egyptian bread if you can find it). It's also great with crudites.

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QueenSashy

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added 6 months ago

I like thinly sliced chorizo sauteed in cider