Friday, July 27, 2012

5 Star Makeover July 2012: Greek Meze Round-up

This month our challenge was...

Light Mediterranean dishes are wonderful in the summertime, Greek cuisine being one example.   Pick a classic Greek Meze, such as hummus, or spanakopita, or dolmades, and make your own version of it.   Or create your own unique meze infusing your culinary style with the classic Greek ingredients or flavors.   

Pull up a chair and savor the creative spins our team put on these classic Greek Dishes.


Apple Fritter, Greek Yogurt Ice Cream, & Caramel Sauce
Tanantha from I Just Love My Apron

Mediterranean Stuffed Mussels
Kelly from The Pink Apron

Pan Seared Ocean Perch with Greek Orzo & Red Pepper Lemon Emulsion
Kym from Free Spirit Eater

Mini Barley Flatbreads with Tomato Confit & Homemade Farmer's Cheese
Trixie from Tasty Trix

Mediterranean Eggplant Rolls
Priscilla from She's Cookin'

Gorgeous Greeks & Their Honey Glazed Shrimp
Deana from LostPastRemembered

Inside Out Melitzanes Imam Baildi - Eggplant, Sesame & Fig Stuffed In Tomato
Maya from Foodiva's Kitchen

Hickory Smoked Wagyu Meatballs with White Beans Two Ways
Laz from Miami

Greek-Style Pierogi
Natasha from 5 Star Foodie

Lamb Feta Party Bites
Angela from Spinach Tiger

Black Onyx Cocoa Ice Cream in Baklava Cups
Alisha from The Ardent Epicure

Loukanika - Greek Sausage with Orange Peel & Hint of Ouzo
Norma from Platanos, Mangoes & Me!

Souvlaki Cups with Horitaki Salsa & 3 Tzatziki Sauces
Joan from Foodalogue

Fried Feta Cheese with Fig & Brandy Jam
Marisa from Cook's Book

Shrimp Saganaki
Evelyne from Cheap Ethnic Eatz

Spanakopita Puffs
Faith from An Edible Mosaic

Hummus Trio: Spicy, Tomato Za'atar, Black Bean
Victoria from Mission:Food

Mediterranean Tomato Jam
Vicki from At Home with Vicki Bensinger

Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
Jessica from Cajunlicious

Grilled Salmon Dolmades, Pine Nut Lemon Sauce
Lori from Tastes With The Eyes

You have to agree...this collection of cooks is damn amazing!


  1. I wish we could all sit and eat together and I love that there are two dessert offerings. Clever.

  2. I also left a comment on facebook with the wish that we could all sit together to enjoy such creative dishes...Maybe one day we should do our own reunion...

  3. What a splendid-looking meze spread. It seems that everyone's pulled out all the stops again this month and the best thing is, we even have two desserts! I need to fly over to the States soon to feast with all of you :)

  4. Everyone did a fantastic job with this challenge! Thanks for the round-up, Laz!

  5. Wonderful, I'd love to taste each. I'll visit all blogs to read individual posts when I return from traveling.

    Next month is a real challenge. I've never been to England nor had high (or low) tea - and I don't eat crust less white bread!

  6. Where is that cookbook? Another amazing group effort. I am so proud to be a part of it and can't wait to visit everyone.

  7. Wow... everyone is topnotch cooks!!! I'm inspired by everyone's gorgeous dishes!!

  8. some really creative entries, and wouldn't it be awesome to feast on all of these together? :) opa! great roundup

  9. This was such an awesome theme and the variety is incredible. So when are we all meeting to share this delectable meze party...with lots of Ouzo.

  10. Gold medals for all! Such a fun theme and, as always, I'm in awe of the creativity of this group and proud to be a part of it. Yes, pass the ouzo :)

  11. Great roundup! Everyone impressed :)

  12. Wow, what a party! Each month it seems to get better and better, no surprise really with the talent here!

    making my way through the posts...hope you had a great weekend my friend :)

  13. What a wonderful round-up!

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  15. What a ray of Greek sunshine to see all this talent dished out for us - thanks for sharing this, Laz. Bravo on everyone's creativity here.

  16. These dishes are all so beautiful! I wish I could sample them through the computer :)!

  17. All these are amazing! I LOVE mezzes, it's fun to make them too!Would love to have stuffed mussels right now! I can snack on them any time!


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