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Mediterranean Charcuterie Board (Mezze Board)

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This Mediterranean charcuterie board, or “mezze board”, is a quick, yet sophisticated appetizer, perfect for Valentine’s Day, girls’ night, or intimate get-togethers. Why not whip up a quick batch of quickles to elevate any Greek charcuterie board while you’re at it?

mediterranean charcuterie board beneath plates with bread and crackers

Making a Mediterranean charcuterie board is quick and easy, yet unique enough to impress your friends and family.

Mezze platters originated in the Middle East, the name coming from the Persian word “mazzeh” (مَزّه) which roughly translates to “to taste” or “to snack”. Mezze boards are very popular today in the Mediterranean region and typically include finger foods, salads, dips, meats, and breads. Think of it as a cross between charcuterie and tapas with distinctly Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors.

My version is primarily a Greek charcuterie board, but you can include foods from many countries such as Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Italy, Croatia, etc.

You can find a lot of ingredients for a Greek charcuterie board at local grocery stores such as Albertsons, Kroger, and Trader Joe’s. If you’re going for more of a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean charcuterie board you can use dishes from local restaurants or make them from scratch. You may also want to see if there are any Middle Eastern markets in your area.

🥄 Why This Recipe Works

  • This Mediterranean charcuterie board is a sophisticated way to up your charcuterie game!
  • You can easily customize this recipe to fit your tastes.
  • A mezze board requires less than 30 minutes of prep time, making it a great last-minute appetizer and snack.
  • Making a Greek charcuterie board is an approachable way to introduce yourself and others to new foods you haven’t tried yet!

🛒 What You Need To Make A Mezze Board

Mediterranean Charcuterie Board (Mezze Board) ingredients

📝 Recipe Modifications And Substitutions

  • Cheeses: Romano, dill Havarti, fresh mozzarella, feta, goat cheese, parmesan, halloumi, asiago
  • Meats: Truffle salami, smoked sardines, cured meats, prosciutto, sausages, pepperoni, chorizo
  • Dips: Tirokafteri (spicy feta cheese dip), tzatziki, classic hummus, baba ganoush (eggplant dip)
  • Syrups & spreads: Fig syrup, jasmine syrup, spicy honey, fig jam, olive oil, truffle oil, balsamic glaze, pesto, pickled mustard seeds
  • Breads & crackers: Fresh pita bread, baguette slices, French bread, pita chips, pretzels
  • Fresh herbs: Dill, basil, mint, parsley, cilantro, thyme, rosemary
  • Fresh fruits & vegetables: Grapes, dates, figs, pears, cherries, strawberries, prunes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon slices, bell peppers, carrots
  • Fillers: Almonds, seeds, green olives or kalamata olives, pepperoncinis, dried fruits, pickles
  • Greek & Mediterranean snacks & ingredients: dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), caprese skewers, falafel, spanikopita

*If you’re shopping at Trader Joe’s keep an eye out for fried olive bites, pastry bites with feta cheese & caramelized onions, cerignola olives, truffle salami, vegan creamy dill dressing, bulgar pilaf, tirokafteri.

🫒 How To Make A Mediterranean Charcuterie Board

Step 1: Start assembling the board by placing ramekins with ingredients such as syrups, spreads, dips, olives, pickles, etc.

Step 2: Next, add the cheeses and fresh veggies.

Pro Tip: Consider creative ways of presenting ingredients, such as making skewers, or topping with herbs and spices.

Step 3: Lay down the meats and fresh fruits.

Step 4: Finish off the board with your fresh herbs & fillers, using them to reinforce any empty spaces on the board.

I suggest: Figs, pumpkin seeds, pickles, stuffed olives, black olives, apples, berries, dried orangesnuts, candy corn, and chocolates.

Step 5: Serve alongside bread and crackers.

🤷🏻‍♀️ FAQs

What is a mezze board?

Mezze platters get their name from the Persian word “mazzeh” (مَزّه) which roughly translates to “to taste” or “to snack”. They typically include finger foods, cheeses, salads, dips, meats, and breads. They originated in the Middle East but are popular today all throughout the Mediterranean region.

Is charcuterie part of the Mediterranean diet?

Charcuterie boards can easily fit into the Mediterranean diet. Foods such as olives, peppers, fruits, vegetables, feta, mozzarella, goat cheese, fish, dips, nuts, and seeds are perfect for charcuterie and also fit the Mediterranean diet. You should avoid including foods such as bread, crackers, and processed meats.

🧀 More Charcuterie Board Recipes

Check out these festive & delicious charcuterie boards!

👩🏻‍🍳 Pro Tips

  • Place fresh herbs like dill and basil around oily foods like sardines, dolmades, etc. because they will help absorb excess oil.
  • Try to include a mix of both savory and sweet flavors.
  • Always add the fillers last (nuts, seeds, etc) so you can use them to fill in the gaps, making it look fuller and more complete.
  • Try to include at least 2 ingredients from every category so you have a balanced board with variety.

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Mediterranean Charcuterie Board

This Mediterranean charcuterie board (mezze board) is a quick, yet sophisticated appetizer. Serving a Greek charcuterie board to your guests is sure to impress!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine greek, Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Ramequins

  • fig syrup
  • tirokafteri (spicy feta dip)
  • hummus
  • kalamata olives
  • cerignola olives

Cheeses

  • fresh mozzarella balls
  • dill havarti
  • romano

Meats

  • truffle salami
  • smoked sardines

Fresh Fruits & Veggies

  • green grapes
  • lemon slices
  • cherry tomatoes
  • Persian cucumber

Fresh Herbs

  • fresh dill
  • fresh basil

Fillers

  • stuffed grape leaves
  • whole pepperoncinis
  • almonds
  • dark chocolate

Bread & Crackers

  • fresh pita bread (sliced)
  • sourdough baguette (sliced)
  • everything crackers

Instructions
 

  • Start assembling the board by placing ramekins with ingredients such as syrups, spreads, dips, olives, pickles, etc.
  • Next, add the cheeses and fresh veggies.
  • Lay down the meats and fresh fruits.
  • Finish off the board with your fresh herbs & fillers, using them to reinforce any empty spaces on the board.
  • Serve alongside bread and crackers.

Notes

  • Consider creative ways of presenting ingredients, such as making skewers, or topping with herbs and spices.
  • Place fresh herbs like dill and basil around oily foods like sardines, dolmades, etc. because they will help absorb excess oil.
  • Try to include a mix of both savory and sweet flavors.
  • Always add the fillers last (nuts, seeds, etc) so you can use them to fill in the gaps, making it look fuller and more complete.
  • Try to include at least 2 ingredients from every category so you have a balanced board with variety.
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