Go big or go home…that’s my motto. When it comes to the Ultimate Mediterranean Appetizer Platter that motto definitely applies!
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Pretty fabulous right?
All kinds of savory, salty, and spicy goodness with some sweet relief provided by fruit makes this the platter everyone at the party will be flocking to. And the best part is a lot of it is assembly only! Don’t have a big enough board? Find a large wooden serving board here.
Breaking Down The Board: Let’s Start with the Cheeses….
We bring the heat with some fresh uber creamy crumbled feta drizzled with olive oil and mixed with minced jalapeño! Spread this spicy goodness on pita or a chip for a treat with a kick. Of course if spicy isn’t your bag try feta with sun dried tomatoes for a savory twist. That cube of cheese in between the two is greek feta sprinkled with greek oregano. These cheeses were all found in the deli section at my local Sprouts and Whole Foods Markets.
I am a huge fan of gouda (because it’s soooo gouda). Here I use raw gouda from grass fed cows and gouda aged five years, it tastes like caramel and cheese rolled into one! And last but not least soft goat cheese topped with fig spread (a favorite I have shared before on my No Fuss Appetizer Platter). Spread it on your favorite cracker and enjoy!
The Hummus, Olives, Tapenade and Bacon Wrapped Dates
Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Hummus (<—click for recipe) is perfect for dipping with pita and a variety veggies!
And the the bacon… oh the bacon! Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are a huge hit at every party and much easier to make than you’d think. And down there in the right bottom corner…that is black olive tapenade. I used store bought because a girl only has so much time!
Of course no Mediterranean appetizer platter would be complete without an assortment of olives.You can usually find these in the deli section of almost any grocery store.
The Fruits, Veggies and Breads:
To counter all the savory, salty and spicy goodness above we add sliced pears, cantaloupe (alone and wrapped in prosciutto), grapes, Persian cucumbers (smaller than their American cousins and the skin can be left on!) sliced carrots and colorful cherry tomatoes. Of course you need something to spread all this amazingness on… so supply an ample amount of sliced toasted baguette, your favorite crackers, flatbreads, chips and pita.
How To Make It Look Pretty:
With all this incredible color you don’t have to do much to make this board gorgeous, but I do have some tips: First, find a large wooden serving board you love, after all this is the Ultimate Mediterranean Appetizer Platter, size matters! Arrange lettuce leaves around the edges of the board to garnish and serve as a ‘platform’ for fruits and veggies. Begin by arranging the items that have more staying power, the sliced Persian cucumber, carrots, olives, hummus, and grapes. Then shortly before guests arrive add cheeses, and last add sliced fruit, crackers, breads and bacon wrapped dates straight out of the oven. Then set out some cheese knives and let your friends have at it! Important tip: set out small portions of everything you make and replenish as the food disappears. That way you keep it fresh throughout the party!
The Recipes: The Ultimate Mediterranean Appetizer Platter
What you will need: recipes for bacon wrapped dates and hummus can be found above. You will need a large wooden serving board & cheese knives. My favorite crackers are Leslie Stowe Raincoast Crisps. If you can’t find Adriatic Fig Spread at your grocery store, have it delivered to your door!
My favorite cheeses and spreads for a fabulous appetizer board! This isn't really a 'recipe' per se but more of a guide of what to include on the platter with recipes linked above in the blog post.
- Diced cantaloupe and slices wrapped in prosciutto
- green and purple grapes, fresh pears, sliced, and assortment of kamalata olives
- sliced carrots, cucumbers, celery and cherry tomatoes
- Sliced toasted baguettes, crackers, pita (fresh and/or chips), tortilla chips
- Aged gouda and raw gouda cut into cubes
- Greek feta sprinkled with Mediterrean oregano
- Soft goat cheese topped with fig spread, link above I always have the deli cut about 4 oz off a log of fresh soft goat cheese
8 oz feta, mix with chopped jalepeno (start with a teaspoon and add more to taste) or mix with chopped sun dried tomatoes to taste. I also like to combine the two! Tomatoes and jalepeno together.
Drizzle cheese mixture with extra virgin olive oil and use to spread on crackers, or as a dip for chips or pita.
Spoon Fig Jam onto goat cheese and use a knife to spread on crackers
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This looks so delicious. I am stopping by too. I dry my tomatoes but don’t put them in oil. They are in the fridge so they are slightly plump. Do I just add some oil to the dish?
Hmmm. I have never tried to rehydrate tomatoes and use them in hummus. I am not sure if it would work but you could try, and please let me know what happens! Or are you talking about just using them on top of feta?
This looks amazing!! My kind of appetizer for sure!
I’m going to use this as a guide for Thanksgiving!
Oh my goodness this looks amazing!!! I wish I had this in front of me to enjoy. Yum!
This is so so so beautiful!! And most of it is GAPS-friendly, gentle healing food, despite being totally indulgent. Isn’t that so so cool!? 🙂
Yes! It is very cool.
Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to try this at my next party. Although I don’t think it would turn out that pretty, lol. 🙂
Yes it would!
Wow! That looks AMAZING! Pinning this. Though I can’t eat the cheese, all the other stuff looks amazing and great recipes too!
What a platter. I have some holiday entertaining on my horizon, I will be referring back to this fantastic post.
We just had a few friends over for a board game night and we served all sorts of cheeses and accompaniments but man, you are putting my spread to shame! I absolutely love that serving board. I’m going to have to step up my app game!
Lol well I am sure yours was beautiful!
Yum! Totally making this in Sundance this week! Looks like the perfect “veg out” tray
I hope you have the best time!
Hummus is one of my very faves!
What a great variety of food, good food!
So yummy, we are hosting a big investor next week. This would be so impressive as several men sit around bargaining for moolah 🙂
Ok, I am totally making those bacon covered dates! So yummy!
They are super easy!
Now I am thinking of reasons I can have a party just so I can make this appetizer plate!
There is always a reason to have a party!
My husband is from Jordan, so this food is what he loves. It all looks so good!
This seriously looks so good! I would have a hard time not wanting to eat it all myself 🙂
This sure beats my standard appetizer fare! I love trying new things, and this looks so amazing!
First off, I love your website! I love how cheery and vibrant the colors are. Second, this looks like an awesome platter! I have a party i’m hosting this weekend and will definitely include this! Thanks!
Thank you! It was designed by BlogDoo 🙂
I have been meaning to try bacon wrapped dates. Thanks for the recipe. Will be pinning it.
This is so perfect for a girls night!
This appetizer looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
What a stunning platter! That wood serving board belongs in my house. Now.
Isn’t it gorgeous!
Ohhh this looks so good! I love eating Mediterranean foods, probably my fav! This platter looks right up my alley, thank you for sharing!
You are welcome!
Wow! This is absolutely stunning!!! It looks like a work of art, so well done.
Thank you <3
serious LOVE everything here! the feta with olive oil and jalepeno….yum… and do i see fig jam too?
Why yes…yes you do 🙂
Thsi looks absolutely amazing!! I love gouda too;) Thanks for including so many great recipes!
Lovely at sight and delicious at the same time!! Thanks for the idea!
OH. MY. YUM. This all looks SO amazing!
What a lucky neighbor! This is such a beautiful plate and would make a wonderful dinner with a glass of wine.
She had some good timing!
Wow now that’s a spread! Looks so healthy and much better option than the usually fried or crunchy appetizers.
I love platters like this – so pretty, festive, and delicious! Love that wooden board too – where’s it from?
I git it at Alice Lane Home but they don’t have it anymore:( so I linked to a similar one on WS. Hope that helps.
I am so-oo making this for my weekend party! So many delicious items and so artfully arranged!
Thank you! Enjoy!
O. M. G. !!!!!!
I think I love you!
This is the most gorgeous looking thing I’ve ever seen. I am sooooo excited to make this.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING!
Well thanks sandy! I hope you love it as much as you love me!
Wow!!! I want to make this right now. What are the brown things between the grapes and dates – crackers?
Yes! Rain Coast Crisp crackers:)
Thanks. Where do you get them? They look yummy.
Whole Foods market, Sprouts, Ralphs….just about any where. Of course you can order them on amazon if you can’t find them. They are delish!
That is perfection, right there! Keeping this for a special night with my girlies! Beautiful and with all my favorite nibbles! Thank you!
Hope you love it!
Making this for a Greek day we are having during lockdown!
That’s awesome! I hope you enjoy it.