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Beet, Garlic & Yogurt Dip and Mixed Olive Salad

Beet, Garlic & Yogurt Dip and Mixed Olive Salad

Beet, Garlic & Yogurt Dip and Mixed Olive Salad

All of these look delicious and would be gobbled up in our house. We love to eat this sort of thing. Funny you should mention the “lion’s milk.”Anise liquor is very popular in Spain and it’s not unusual for my husband to order a coffee with a very small serving (chupito) of anisette. They’ll also drink it with water or served over ice.


August 28, 2015 | Reply


Very interesting they drink something similar in Spain. Anise does seem to be common both in liquor and as a spice in food. Ouzo in Greece/Cyprus is another place where the flavour is popular.

Thanks for the comment

Thank you for this. I love meze and you have taken away the problem of decision making AND given us the recipes. You’re a star


August 28, 2015 | Reply

Hi Germaine. Thanks for your comment. There is no doubt that a choice of 3 or 4 mezes not only looks impressive but does take away any potential for indecision. Cheers\u2026.Mark

This spread not only looks amazing but so healthy and good-for-you ingredients. I’m so envious of your travels! Great blog!


August 30, 2015 | Reply

Thanks so much for your kind comments Chrissa. We were very pleasantly surprised how good the quality and range of vegetables was in Turkey. Traveling and cooking sure is a good combination. Cheers\u2026.Mark

Whitney, thanks for your comment. Yes a real rainbow effect isn’t it? It’s tasty and healthy and it can be prepared in advance with only a few minutes work just before you serve. Cheers\u2026.Mark

The items on this platter looks delicious. I have pomegranate molasses for a roasted chicken recipe and am always looking for other ways to use it. I will have to try these recipes soon.

The recipe looks delicious and the recipe is just awesome

Yes it is a bit of a colorful dish. But it tastes just as good as it looks. Thanks for your comments. Cheers\u2026.Mark

We are in Turkey right now and oooh, the Turkish food is so good! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us!

I love the color on that one. But all of those mezes are good! Thanks for your comment.

There is a fine food tradition in Turkey, going back hundreds of years to the royal kitchens. Dinners with family and/or friends are special and it is considered very poor form for individual family members to fix themselves a meal separate from the rest of the family. The tradition of the Turkish meze platter is an essential part of Turkish culture.

Turkish mezes are perfect for social gatherings and are designed to promote talking.Turkish mezes are small quantities of food served at the start of a meal. They are usually cold and the emphasis is on fresh, healthy ingredients. Also they are usually vegetarian.

Beet, Garlic & Yogurt Dip and Mixed Olive Salad

It is normal to start a meal with a Turkish meze platter accompanied by copious amounts of bread. Turkish mezes are therefore similar to Spanish tapas but tend to be cold rather than hot.

Whether eating in a restaurant or hosting a meal at home, most meals begin with mixed mezes. Most restaurants will supply 1 or 2 mezes free of charge but most Turkish people will want to supplement with additional plates.

Many Turkish restaurants don’t have menus so you will be invited by your waiter to go up to the kitchen and inspect the mezes. The waiter will explain each dish. Most restaurants have a selection of 20 or so mezes, all made freshly on the day. So for a table of 2, it is usual to have 3 or 4 mezes.

Turkish Meze Selection at Cin-Bal KayaKoy

Turkish Meze Traditions

Turkey has a fine heritage and rich traditions around liquor. Turkish meze should be accompanied by wine or raki, an anise flavored liquor known as “lion’s milk\u201d. It is usual to dilute raki by adding water to it, upon which it will turn cloudy. Most Turkish people select raki as their accompaniment rather than wine.

There are many types of Turksih mezes to choose from. Typically there will be vegetable-based dips, marinated vegetables, salads and breads. It is all very social with the plates being placed in the center for guests to help themselves.

Marinated Roasted Bell Peppers & Yogurt Carrot Dip

It is typical for Turkish mezes to be served over a long duration, often 2 hours before the main course is served. It is also typical to eat the mezes in a garden or balcony setting and then sit around and talk as the raki takes effect!

Normally a main course of grilled fish or grilled meat will follow the mezes.

Turkish Mezes are certainly a great way to start a meal and healthy to boot.

Today’s Turkish meze menu has 5 mezes to choose from and It is a lovely contrast of tastes and colors.

And please let us know what you think, leave us a comment below.

Add some parsley as a garnish before serving.

Prepare the dressing by whisking together the pomegranate molasses and olive oil. Drizzle over the salad and toss again.

Just prior to serving, finely chop the parsley and sprinkle over the peppers. This dish may be served cold or at room temperature.

Combine the yogurt and garlic. Season with the sea salt. Add the cooled carrot and garnish with some olives.

Original article and pictures take http://www.compassandfork.com/recipe/turkish-meze-platter site

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