Fresh and convivial, Greek cuisine lends itself perfectly to the aperitif format, with its many mezze recipes, which are very popular in this region of the Mediterranean. Specialties of Levantine cuisine, mezes are a set of dishes served in small quantities to form a meal in its own right. On the menu ? Lots of dips, served very cold, to spread on bread; meatballs subtly flavored with herbs or raw seasonal vegetables to soak. Obviously, to make tasting easier for our guests, we prick their food with wooden sticks, a practical but equally elegant solution.
A passion for feta
Impossible to organize a Greek aperitif without this key ingredient of the country’s gastronomy. With its mild, slightly salty flavor, feta slips into all kinds of appetizers. In puff pastries, in the heart of gourmet verrines, in sauce or on toast… The list is long. Among the hot recipes, we melt for the spanakopita, a traditional recipe based on feta and spinach, which is cut into small portions, ideal for an aperitif. As for the essential Greek salad (feta, tomato, cucumber, onions and olive oil), can be served as appetizer skewers for example, or in the center of tortillas rolled up and spread with fresh cheese. A true delight !
As for dips, here too, the choices are numerous. We can, for example, opt for the popular fava of Santorini, a creamy mashed chickpea in which we will generously soak our pieces of bread. Of course, you can’t miss the iconic tzatziki, made from cucumber and Greek yogurt, flavored with fresh mint and coriander. In order to obtain a nice creamy texture, you can use whipped feta, which will bind the food together when making our Greek-style appetizer spreads.
And to never lack inspiration again, here are 15 aperitif recipes, something to feel like on vacation.