Greek Inspired Night: The Starters

For this Greek inspired night we ended up with two starters, one that was semi planned as a way of ensuring that Megan had halloumi and one that was thrown together at the last minute as I had some leftover aubergine that we had used for the main course. On top of this we sat and ate a shed load of olives! Any excuse to eat olives! The starters that we would like to share with you are aubergine and mozzarella stacks and halloumi and veg skewers. Both starters worked well together and were very simple to prepare and assemble and best of all they are both open to your interpretation.

Aubergine and Mozzarella Stacks

Ingredients:

  • Sliced aubergine (I had about half and aubergine left over and this made eight slices)
  • Sliced cherry tomatoes
  • One ball of mozzarella

Method:

  1. Cover a slice of aubergine with the sliced tomato
  2. Rip off enough mozzarella to cover the aubergine and tomato
  3. Place another aubergine on top
  4. Repeat
  5. Once stacked place on it’s side on tin foil and wrap. (I used a skewer to keep the stack in place)
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.

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Even though I did a giant stack, these can be stacked individually or in twos or threes.

Halloumi and Veg Skewers

Ingredients (for two skewers):

  • Four mushrooms (stems removed)
  • Four skewerable squares of pepper (it that makes any sense)
  • Four cubes of halloumi
  • Four cherry tomatoes

Method:

I’ll leave the method for your interpretation essentially, skewer all ingredients (which are also up for interpretation) and place in oven for ten minutes. These could also be done very simply on a George Foreman style grill.

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Two very easy starters that taste delicious and can be thrown together in minutes. It is also a recipe that you could involve children with by getting them to chose the ingredients for the skewers. These recipes are also suitable for vegetarians so would be the perfect starter for a vegetarian feast. We defiantly want to do this recipe again (with meat please, love Meg) and when we do we are going to explore other ways in which we could utilise the aubergine but on simplicity alone the stacks are perfect. Give it a go and see what you think!

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