Although it originated in the countries and cultures surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, Mediterranean Cuisine has fast become popular in restaurants across the world. It is not uncommon to find a pretty authentic Mezze Platter on many menus in restaurants we frequent, but few go beyond just the basics that we know. However the cuisine is rich, diverse and very hearty, gleaning from multiple countries such as Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Egyptian and Greek cuisines too. Often called Lebanese food, or food from the Middle East too, a Mediterranean menu usually is hearty, featuring the staples like good quality Olive Oil, wholesome legumes and some kind of flatbread. With a little preparation, this is an easy and delicious cuisine to cook in your own home. We will show you how.
This weeks #SaturdayNightDinner features a selection of Mediterranean-Inspired food that covers all bases, crunchy appetisers, hearty salads, wholesome mains and of course something for your sweet tooth. As usual, feel free to pick as many or few dishes from each of the sets below to make a 3-course meal.
1 - Appetizers
Hearty beginnings by way of scrumptious salads, and a mini Mezze Platter to get things going. Choose from two typical salads - Fattoush spiced with Sumac, Za'atar and Pomegranate Molasses, a classic Tabbouleh - two kinds of hummus - Classic Lemony Hummus or Roasted Red Pepper Hummus - and Chickpea Falafels with a Tzatziki dipping sauce.
2 - Main Course
Make your own Whole Wheat Pita Bread for mains, to serve with Baba Ganoush and Grilled Aubergines with a Tzatziki Sauce. This hearty Grilled Vegetarian Moussaka, Pumpkin Tagine and Saffron Pilaf are wholesome and flavourful for a perfect rounding up of a Mediterranean meal.
3 - Desserts
Baklava is a traditional Turkish dessert that combines flaky pastry with sweetened nuts and dry fruit encased within multiple layers, forming a rich and indulgent sweet treat, in keeping with the theme! There's also a super easy Microwave Chocolate Pudding. And if you want to go with something a little more indulgent and time consuming, try this Baked Yogurt Tart Recipe with Figs & Blueberries.