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Recipe courtesy of Katie Lee Biegel

Instant Mezze Platter

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A mezze platter contains a variety of foods that are often served as appetizers in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Katie's version combines store-bought and homemade items, like hummus and grilled halloumi.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix the beef with the cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic, onions, egg and 2 tablespoons chopped parsley in a medium bowl until combined. Shape the beef mixture into 12 small, oval patties.
  2. Preheat a grill pan or grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Brush the grill grates with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place the beef patties on the grill. Cook until they are firm and have grill marks, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Brush the halloumi with some olive oil. Place on the grill and cook until grilled marked and browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, vinegar, remaining tablespoon parsley, remaining tablespoon olive oil and salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  5. On a large platter, arrange the tomato salad, grilled beef patties, grilled halloumi, grape leaves, hummus, tzatziki, pepperoncini and olives. Serve with the lavash or pita.