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Recipes for Greek Appetizers, Starters, and Mezethes

Recipes for appetizers and mezethes (small plates of tasty morsels). Appetizers are to whet the appetite, mezethes are to bring out the best in the wine or drink. Because of the flexibility of the Greek cuisine, these delicious and varied selections can be served as snacks, party foods, before the meal, or become an entire meal in themselves.
  1. Cheese Dishes (16)
  2. Dips, Spreads, Purées (22)
  3. Filled Phyllo Pies
  4. Fruit, Veggie, Bean Dishes (28)
  5. Hot or Cooked Dishes (37)
  6. Meat Dishes (8)
  7. Seafood Dishes (22)
  8. Stuffed Grape Leaves (10)

Greek Phyllo Cheese Triangles - Tiropites
Greek Phyllo Cheese Triangles - Recipe and Instructions for Making Greek Phyllo Cheese Triangles

Appetizers for the Holidays

A Greek holiday gathering wouldn't be complete without a table full of appetizers or mezethes. Some of these can be made well in advance of your party and can be served at room temperature for simple, stress-free entertaining.


Meze (plural: Mezethes)
There is a separate custom of serving food in Greece called meze. Not an appetizer, and not an hors d'oeuvre, learn more about the meze (plural mezethes) and how to serve it.

Greek Bruschetta - Lathovrekhto
Rusks (twice-baked bread) or grilled country breads form the base of these simple mezethes or appetizers. Brushed with olive oil, they can be topped with favorite spreads, vegetables, cheeses, or nothing else at all.

Dried Fruit & Nut Combinations
These simple combinations of dried fruits and nuts are great additions to other dishes served at parties and gatherings.

Favorite Greek Finger Foods
Greeks love to sit around a table of small plates of delicious food, sharing the food and good company. Here are some appetizer and mezethes that require no utensils. Just grab and enjoy!

Quick and Easy Greek Appetizer / Meze Recipes
A selection of quick and easy appetizers and mezethes to serve to unexpected guests, or when other food plans fall through. Hot and cold dishes to create a festive and welcoming atmosphere.

Quick and Easy Greek Vegetarian Party Platter
This party platter is colorful, includes signature Greek tastes, and is simple and easy to put together.

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