Summer is here and with it, barbecue season.
If you’re planning a barbecue, why not try something different to complement your grill.
Here are five meze recipes that will really zing up your side dishes.
Juice of 1-2 lemons
10 ripe cherry tomatoes, deseeded and juice kept
1 garlic clove, lightly crushed
½ small red onion or 1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 spring onions
1 bunch radishes, cut in to eighths
¼ small white cabbage, finely shredded
⅛ red cabbage, finely shredded
1-2 chillies, finely chopped
⅓ cucumber, deseeded and julienned (skin left on)
2-3 large handfuls flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 handfuls fresh mint, chopped
1 large pinch pul biber (Turkish chilli flakes)
Salt and black pepper
3 tbsp Suzme or Greek yoghurt
1 tbsp harissa (hot chilli pepper paste)
1 tbsp pistachios, chopped
First juice the lemons, mix with the juice from the cherry tomatoes and the garlic and set aside.
Combine all the vegetables in a bowl and refrigerate. Five minutes before serving add the herbs, chilli, seasoning and lemon juice mix to taste. If you add the salt and lemon too early you’ll end up with a salad that’s far too wet and lacks crunch.
Serve the yoghurt, harissa and pistachios on the side.
Recipe courtesy of Freddy Bird, chef-patron of The Lido in Bristol and Thames Lido in Reading.
Yoghurt with Cucumber (Cacık)
Cacık (‘JAH’- juck) is a refreshing dish that can be served with grilled meats or as a meze. It makes a perfect accompaniment to spicy dishes and BBQ’s. It can also be made with thicker yoghurt (Suzme or Greek) and used as a dip.
Smoked Aubergine Puree (Baba Ghanoush)
This delicious smoky dip is the ultimate aubergine recipe and a classic part of any meze selection.
Click here for the recipe for Smoked Aubergine Puree (Baba Ghanoush)
Potato Salad (Patates Salatası)
There’s a place on the table for potatoes at any time of the year. During the summer, potato salad makes a great addition to a meze table. The Turkish version is healthy, tasty and full of Mediterranean flavours.
Click here for the recipe for Potato Salad (Patates Salatası)
Carrots with Yoghurt (Yoğurtlu Havuç)
Carrots make a tasty addition to any salad dish and this quick and easy meze dish that goes well with grilled meats and chicken.
Click here for the recipe for Carrots with Yoghurt (Yoğurtlu Havuç)
We couldn’t go without giving you one recipe for a main dish to go with your meze selection…
Lamb on Skewers (Şiş Kebap)
Click here for the recipe for Lamb on Skewers (Şiş Kebap)