Valentine’s Day is days away and you’re wondering how you can go above and beyond to make dinner time memorable and special for your loved one.
At Basha’s Shawarma, we know that the way to the heart is through the stomach. That’s why this Valentine’s Day we’re sharing 5 heart-throb-worthy mezze options to make your intimate Valentine’s Day dinner extra special.
5 Heart-throb Worthy Mezze for your Valentine
Mezze, or Meza, is a selection of Mediterranean dishes that are shared in the form of appetizers. These small dishes can be served as a multi-course meal or can be served to make up a whole meal.
This Valentine’s Day, combine a little bit of everything tasty on a platter to enjoy with your special someone. To make your Valentine’s mezze board extra special, we recommend adding the following items:
1. Falafel Hearts
Falafels are known for their crispy exterior and soft interior that has a flavourful taste. Typically made with a blend of chickpeas, onions, herbs, and spices, falafel is formed into a ball or puck and deep-fried. Falafels are rich in protein, and can easily be made vegan, vegetarian, and/or gluten-free.
This Valentine’s Day, try shaping your falafels into hearts before deep frying them! Your heart-shaped falafels are sure to show that they were made with love.
2. Beet-ing Heart Hummus
It’s time to spread the love this Valentine’s Day! Pink beet hummus is not only on-theme for your intimate valentine’s day dinner, but it is also a seriously delicious spread.
Made with chickpeas, beets, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and spices, beet hummus is a creamy vegan spread that is sure to give your tastebuds something to love. Hummus is a mezze platter essential- so make it festive and tasty this Valentine’s Day!
If you’re interested in making pink beet hummus this Valentine’s Day, check out this recipe by Minimalist Baker.
3. Heart-Shaped Pita Bread
Pita bread is the perfect complimentary food item for any mezze platter! Not only is it great on its own, but it balances out all of the flavours on your mezze board, and is the perfect base for dipping in your pink beet hummus.
You can serve pita bread as is or toasted! For crunchy toasted pita bread, brush your pita bread in olive oil and spices to give it a classic flavour before toasting. Take your pita bread to the next level by cutting slices into heart shapes using a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
4. Lovely Tabouli
Freshen up your Valentine’s mezze platter with Tabouli! Tabouli is a mezze platter essential, made with fresh hand-chopped parsley salad with whole wheat bulgur, tomatoes, onions and a hint of mint tossed in a light lemon and drizzled with an olive oil dressing.
To serve this refreshing bust of fresh Mediterranean flavour, place your Tabouli in a heart-shaped dish before placing it on your mezze board.
5. Piercing Skewers
Meat skewers will surely pierce your heart with love, just like Cupid’s arrow! For meat lovers, savoury skewers are a great addition to your Valentine’s mezze board. Add a variety of shish tawook (chicken), shish kabob (beef), and shish kafta (ground beef) skewers to your holiday mezze platter.
Bonus: Make It Sweet
Sweep your tastebuds off their feet with Baklava! There’s nothing like ending off a great meal with something sweet. This rich rose syrup-soaked dessert is sure to leave a lasting impression on your special someone. Baklava is a layered phyllo pastry with walnut and rose syrup that is a must-have for your Valentine’s Day meal.
Share The Love
At Basha’s Shawarma, we prepare all our food fresh with love. Stop by our restaurant in Tecumseh, Ontario to pick up a selection of Middle Eastern Cuisine that is sure to make your Valentine’s Day meal special.
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out our other Blogs that cover fresh topics, including recipes, catering tips, guides, and more! We hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day.