Greek food: Greek mezzedes or snacks

A mezze, in plural mezzedes, is a set of Greek snacks. It consists of a selection of small traditional dishes in the cuisine of the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. It is common to be served in exclusive places for tasting, which are known by the name of mezedopoleon.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Tzatziki sauce

Tzatziki sauce is a classic among the sauces of Greek cuisine that currently has different versions.

This sauce is also known by the name of yogurt sauce and is that its main ingredient is Greek yogurt, hence its name.

The second most important ingredient that is included in this sauce is the cucumber, to which the seeds must be previously removed.

Fresh dill is also essential in this mezze. In addition, garlic, lemon juice and black pepper are added. All this is crushed and we will have our tzatziki sauce ready.

Greek style hamburger

The Greek-style hamburger distinguishes itself from traditional hamburgers because it includes a basic ingredient in Greek cuisine: feta cheese.

Greek style hamburger

In addition, the usual lettuce leaves are usually replaced by leaves of spinach and ketchup or mustard for yogurt sauce or tzatziki. The meat is usually lamb, although there are variants in which it is turkey, chicken or veal.


Hummus is actually a rather original dish of middle East. The star ingredient of this dish is chickpeas, which are crushed and mixed with tahina sauce.

This sauce is made from sesame seeds and is very popular in Mediterranean cuisine. In the traditional recipe there is no shortage of ingredients such as olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and a wide variety of herbs and spices. The origins of hummus date back to the thirteenth century.


Melitzanosalata is one of the tastiest and easiest ways to eat eggplants, suitable even for those who are not doing too much this vegetable.

In addition, it is a dish totally suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Apart from eggplants, this kind of cream or salad includes garlic, lemon juice, black pepper and salt.


The spanakopita or spanakotiropita consists of a cake of spinach and feta cheese that can be presented well in the form of a cake (similar to the Galician pie so popular among Spanish tapas).

This mezze is very popular in Greece and, in fact, is sold in all bakeries in the country. The main ingredients, as we have said, are spinach and feta cheese, but, in addition, you can not miss a touch of the herb called dill, all wrapped in phyllo dough.



The tyropite or tiropita is a very popular mezze in Greece and consists of a kind of dumplings similar to the spanakotiropita, except that in this case the phyllo dough is stuffed with feta cheese and eggs instead of spinach.

Similarly, we can find it in all bakeries in the country. There are recipes that include nutmeg and honey as optional ingredients to enhance the flavor of the filling.


Taramosalata is a cream or thick paste that is usually used to dip pita bread or spread on a slice of bread. For its elaboration, you can not miss the olive oil, as well as breadcrumbs and various spices.

The main ingredient, however, is the carp roe raw salted, although there are variants in which it is made with cod roe. This cream is also very popular in Turkey, where it is called tarama.

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