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Creating the Insta-Feast Installment #1: Middle Eastern Appetizers
Creating the Insta-Feast Installment #1: Middle Eastern Appetizers

Now you’ve gone and done it. You told two friends to come over for drinks and appetizers, they told two friends, and so on and so on. Now you’re on the hook for food and drinks for twelve, have little money and even less time. What to do? The answer: a Middle Eastern appetizer (mezze) feast. The spread looks like this:

Hummus. Buy it or make it yourself, serve in a large, shallow bowl drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with chopped parsley.

Olives. Even everyday supermarkets are installing fresh olive bars these days. Get a quart.

Olives. Even everyday supermarkets are installing fresh olive bars these days. Get a quart.

Feta cheese. A two-pound block is surprisingly cheap. Serve on a plate, partly crumbled.

Pita bread. What store doesn’t have pita bread? Stack and cut into sixths. Buy a lot.

Tomato & cucumber salad. Slice them, put them in a bowl and sprinkle with oil, salt, chopped parsley and maybe a squeeze of lemon juice.

Nuts. Almonds. Salted. In a bowl. Done.

Tzatziki. This Greek dip is a snap to make. Mix one cup sour cream and one cup yogurt. Stir in half a grated cucumber, two minced garlic cloves and salt & pepper to taste.

And that’s that. Fancy up your feast up by buying some pre-made stuffed grape leaves, felafel balls or spinach pies. You can have the whole thing laid out on the kitchen table in half an hour. Whew! Where’s the wine?

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