At our house the pre-dinner cocktail hour stage is probably longer than it should be. We love coming up with appetizers, fun drinks and good music. And while it is fun, it is also time consuming. Through the years we’ve come to realize that for us the best part of dinner parties are the appetizers, the drinks, and the socializing before the actual dinner. So we avoid spending my time slaving away in the kitchen, while everyone else is having fun in the living room.
The solution; Easy, make-ahead appetizers. And here is a selection of our easiest, go to, Greek-Mediterranean inspired appetizers. There is something for everyone here: vegetarian, gluten-free and yes we’ve included the Greek meatballs (keftethakia) for the meat lovers and pan fried halloumi, a fabulous cheese from Cyprus and a favorite in Greek cooking. It’s similar to mozzarella in texture, but since it is brined it’s a bit salty and has a greater depth of flavor.
Some of these recipes have been tweaked to be healthier (baked rather fried, less salt), while others we have developed using ingredients traditionally used by Greeks. And they are all rich in herbs, antioxidants and good fats but also in flavor. So enjoy, knowing you are serving made-from-scratch, healthy appetizers.