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Mezze Platter

    Chef Kayla Howey

    Chef Kayla Howey

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    Mezze Platter

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    Excited to bring you the most festive autumn mezze platter tonight! Full of all sorts of delicious inspiration for whipping up a truly stunning entertaining spread this fall.

    I’m so excited to partner with Spice Tribe again for another round of recipes! Their unique spice blends give me so much inspiration to bring new flavors and cuisines into my kitchen. This time around I’m bringing some middle eastern flare to the blog with a show-stopping autumn mezze platter! Spice Tribe’s Ancient Halaby blend offers up bold, citrusy flavors, making the spread come alive with ease.

    Mezze is simply an assortment of small bites served together as an appetizer…kind of like the middle eastern version of a cheese & charcuterie board. I put an autumn twist on it to fit the season, of course, with seasonal additions that turned out beautifully.

    The Ancient Halaby comes into play with the roasted delicata squash + carrots and pumpkin hummus. The spice blend combines aleppo pepper, paprika, sumac, coriander, garlic, lemon peel, thyme, and cumin. The flavors carry throughout the spread and create a really authentic feel to it all. I just love it.

    Let me just say… this mezze platter is HUGE. I’d serve this for a dinner party or weekend gathering if you’re into the idea of serving small bites over a plated meal. You can also pick and choose which items you want to include on your platter to make it as small or large as you’d like. The recipes below are meant to serve as inspiration, so get creative and mix and match however you please.

    Here’s what I’ve included in my autumn mezze platter…

    Autumn Mezze Platter Components:

    Spiced Roasted Delicata Squash & Carrots
    Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
    Pumpkin Hummus
    Tzatziki Sauce
    Marinated Feta & Artichokes
    Honeyed Figs
    Toasted Bread with Sesame Garlic Butter
    Olives + Dried Apricots + Grapes + Pistachios + Cured Meats

    I hope this post inspires you to make an autumn mezze platter of your own! I served this to my family last Sunday and everyone devoured it. It’s so tasty and such a fun way to entertain.

    And for the best Middle Eastern flavor running throughout, definitely grab a bottle or two of Spice Tribe Ancient Halabay! I’ve even got a discount code for you. Head to their website and use code “ORIGINALDISH” at checkout to get 35% off your first purchase of $20 or more. Enjoy!!

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      • Spiced Roasted Vegetables

      • 2 delicata squash, sliced ¼”
      • 2 bunches long carrots, peeled and halved
      • olive oil
      • 2 tbsp [Spice Tribe Ancient Halaby] (middle eastern spice blend)
      • Roasted Tomatoes

      • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
      • .25 cup olive oil
      • 2 sprigs oregano
      • 2 sprigs thyme
      • Pumpkin Hummus

      • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
      • .5 cup pumpkin puree
      • 2 tbsp olive oil
      • 2 tbsp lemon juice
      • 1 tsp lemon zest
      • 1 tbsp honey
      • 1 tbsp water
      • 1 tsp [Spice Tribe Ancient Halaby] (middle eastern spice blend)
      • Tzatziki Sauce

      • 1.5 cups greek yogurt
      • 3 tbsp lemon juice
      • 1 tsp lemon zest
      • 2 tbsp olive oil
      • 2 cloves garlic, grated
      • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
      • 1.5 cups chopped cucumber
      • Marinated Feta & Artichokes

      • 8 oz block feta cheese, drained and cubed
      • .5 cup olive oil
      • 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
      • freshly cracked black pepper
      • 1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and halved
      • .25 cup olive oil
      • 2 tbsp chopped parsley leaves
      • Honeyed Figs

      • 1 pint figs, halved
      • 1 tbsp olive oil
      • .25 cup honey
      • Toasted Bread with Sesame Garlic Butter

      • 8 slices crusty bread (about 1 ½” thick)
      • 6 tbsp butter
      • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
      • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
      • Extras

      • olives
      • dried apricots
      • grapes
      • pistachios
      • cured meats
      Ancient Halaby Middle Eastern Chile Blend

      Ancient Halaby Middle Eastern Chile Blend

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      Step 1 - Spiced Roasted Vegetables

      Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lay the delicata squash slices onto a sheet pan and the carrots onto another. Toss each with a generous amount of olive oil, a good pinch of salt, and 1 tablespoon of the spice blend.

      Step 2 -

      Spread the vegetables into an even layer. Roast for 45 minutes until tender and caramelized.

      Step 3 - Roasted Tomatoes

      Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine the whole cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and herbs in a small skillet. Sprinkle with a good pinch of salt.

      Step 4 -

      Roast for 45 minutes until burst and softened.

      Step 5 - Pumpkin Hummus

      Combine the chickpeas, pumpkin puree, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, water, and spice blend in a food processor.

      Step 6 -

      Blend for about 2–3 minutes until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Season with salt to taste.

      Step 7 - Tzatziki Sauce

      Combine the greek yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, and garlic in a mixing bowl. Whisk until combined.


      Step 8 -

      Stir in the fresh dill and cucumbers. Season with salt to taste.

      Step 9 - Marinated Feta & Artichokes

      Gently toss the feta, olive oil, and oregano in a small bowl. Season with freshly cracked black pepper. Let marinate for 20 minutes or so.

      Step 10 -

      Gently toss the artichokes, olive oil, and parsley in another small bowl. Season with a pinch of salt. Let marinate for 20 minutes or so.

      Step 11 - Honeyed Figs

      Combine the figs, olive oil, and honey. Mix well and season with a pinch of salt.

      Step 12 -

      Let marinate for 20 minutes or so.

      Step 13 - Toasted Bread with Sesame Garlic Butter

      Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lay the slices of bread out onto a sheet pan.

      Step 14 -

      Combine the butter, garlic, and sesame seeds in a small saucepan. Melt over low heat. Brush each slice of bread on both sides with the butter.

      Step 15 -

      Toast the bread for about 8 minutes or so until crisp and golden. Cut the slices of bread in half.

      Step 16 - To assemble the Mezze Platter

      Arrange each component on a large serving board or platter.

      Step 17 -

      Fill in the holes with the olives, dried apricots, grapes, pistachios, and cured meats. Serve the toasted bread alongside.

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