I like serving “cold plates” for lunch or a light supper. This plate is really convenient as everything can be purchased in advance and happily sit in the refrigerator, freezer, and cupboard until you are ready to assemble the plate and then serve it up!
The separate foods that add up to a great dish are:
Hummus is a creamy spread made from chickpeas. Containers can be found in the dairy section of the grocery store. There are a variety of flavors available. Choose what you think sound good!
This is a round flat bread (also called ‘pocket’ bread) that is available in small and large rounds. If you cut it into wedges it is perfect for dipping in the hummus.
Stuffed Grape Leave
You often see stuffed grape leaves on salad bars. They are literally grape leaves (from a grape vine) stuffed with rice and other ingredients, like mint, raisins and pine nuts. They are great fun to make for the experienced cook, but do take a bit of time! For the moment, I recommend just going with the ones that you can buy in a jar or a can.
Most grocery stores have a great fresh selection from which you can choose. Not everyone likes olives so you may want to keep them in a separate serving dish and let your company help themselves.
This is a fairly salty cheese which is served on a Greek salad. Buy a block and cut it into chunks. Add some fresh tomatoes, fresh ground pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.
There is no cooking involved here, but your guests will love the variety of tastes and textures this international plate provides.
P.S. You can vary the proportions to your taste.
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