This Fresh Mediterranean Menu Will Make You Everyone's Favorite Host
Turmeric-Marinated Swordfish Skewers with Harissa and Pistachios
A simple turmeric rub plus a drizzle of chopped pistachios and spicy harissa equals immense flavor on these juicy swordfish skewers. Cut through the heat with a chilled white or rosé, such as a lightly fizzy Portuguese Vinho Verde.
Garlic-and-Herb Chickpea Fries with Whipped Feta
Reach peak frite with our herb-filled fries that are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside—and yes, made from chickpeas. Dunk the Za’atar-flavored crisps in a fluffy whipped feta with just the right amount of lemony zing.
Step aside hummus, there’s a new dip on our party tray. Creamy Taramasalata is a briny yet balanced accompaniment to pita chips or crisp veggies. Insider tip: The tarama, or carp roe, traditionally used to top the Greek dip isn’t always easy to find. We’ve substituted more readily available but equally delicious red caviar (salmon roe).
Seared Halloumi with Cucumbers, Apricots, and Honey
The key to this multi-textured meze plate is halloumi, a salty Cyprus grilling cheese, that works wonderfully with ripe figs, summer melon, and all manner of stone fruits.
Spicy Tuna Dolmas with Citrus-Yogurt Sauce
Our variation on dolmas (think Mediterranean spring rolls) bundles fresh tuna, crunchy peppers, and tender couscous stuffed into tangy grape leaves. Remember to gently remove the leaf bundles (available at most Mediterranean markets, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s locations) from their jar, being careful not to tear the leaves.
Cauliflower Bravas with Crispy Chorizo
Patatas bravas, the classic Spanish tapas made with spicy sauce-covered potatoes, still packs a fiery punch with crisped-up cauliflower. Top these oven-charred florets with sherry-infused mayo and diced Spanish chorizo for a hearty snack or side alongside anything grilled.