10 Mediterranean Foods I Love
A Summer Party
What foods do you think of when you think of Mediterranean cuisine? Simple healthy foods that are easy to preparer and delicious. Mediterranean food is not complicated most recipes call for ingredients that are readily available in most urban supermarkets. For an easy summer party that isn't the traditional summer bbq...consider putting together a meal of simple but delicious Mediterranean foods as a mezze.
Start with a large table spread with a colorful cotton cloth and add plates of garlicky hummus, smoky and silky baba ghanooj, pita breads grilled with olive oil and sprinkled with zatar (a mix of sumac, kosher salt, thyme and sesame seeds), rich olives of different hues, thick and tangy Greek yogurt garnished with finely chopped seedless cucumber, a chiffonade of fresh mint leaves and your best olive oil. Add sizzling kebabs of lamb, chicken and beef or tofu from the grill, garnished with fresh lemon wedges. Fill a platter with chunks of feta, butter lettuce, local tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onion. Small plates can hold dolmas from your local supermarket or for the more adventurous make your own, tabouli and Greek salad.
Serve the meal with mint iced tea, sangria, ouzo or Greek beer. Enjoy!
Easy Hummus Recipe
Hummus has become one of America's favorite dips...once thought exotic this chickpea spread is now commonplace at parties. You can buy hummus at most supermarkets but why not make your own.
One 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
1-2 minced garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
kosher salt to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Start your food processor and add the tahini and lemon juice, when mixture is creamy add the rest of the ingredients and blend until hummus is creamy. Some people like to add cumin and hot peppers to spice up the hummus. Consider using roasted garlic cloves.
Garnish with extra virgin olive oil, serve with lentil crackers, pita bread or fresh veggies.
10 of my favorite Mediterranean Foods - in no particular order
- Baba Ghannooj
- Tzatziki (cucumber yogurt sauce)
- Pita Bread
This creamy cucumber yogurt sauce is popular with gyros, souvlaki and tastes great on its own. This recipe is based on The Barefoot Contessa's tzatziki recipe.
1 pint Greek yogurt
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled and seeded (diced)
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh dill
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
Stir together the yogurt and sour cream. Add in the rest of the ingredients and chill overnight if possible, serve with grilled meats, veggies or pita bread.