Quick and Easy Greek Appetizers

These hot and cold appetizers have four things in common:

  1. They're Greek favorites,
  2. They're delicious,
  3. Prep time is 15 minutes or less
  4. If hot, combined prep/cook time is 30 minutes or less
  • 01 of 07

    Dakos: Rusks with Tomatoes and Cheese

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    Almost too quick and easy to be called a "recipe," the dakos is a signature dish on the Greek island of Crete and is a favorite served with drinks - from beer to raki to wine. No rusks? Try it with grilled bread.

    Total prep/cook time: 5 minutes.

  • 02 of 07

    Olive Tapenade (Spread)

    Olive Tapenade
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    A quick blender recipe made with black or green Greek olives, this tapenade brings a tart taste to the selection of appetizers.

    Total prep/cook time: 15 minutes.

  • 03 of 07

    Roasted Greek Cheese

    Roasted cheese
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    Every appetizer selection needs a warm, gooey cheese addition (at least in Greece), and here's a classic.

    Total prep/cook time: 20 minutes.

  • 04 of 07

    Hot Pepper Cheese Dip

    Greek Hot Cheese Spread
    Jim Stanfield

    Use mild to hot peppers depending on your preference to add the right touch of heat to your appetizers.

    Total prep/cook time: 15 minutes.

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  • 05 of 07

    Saganki: Fried Greek Cheese

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    We do love our cheeses and this dish is one of the most famous made in Greece. If you're brave, add 2 tablespoons of brandy and flambé it just before serving.

    Total prep/cook time: 25 minutes.

  • 06 of 07

    Spicy Stuffed Peppers with Feta Cheese

    Greek Spicy Stuffed Peppers
    N. Gaifyllia

    Bull's horn peppers (long, light green, mild) are stuffed with a mixture of feta cheese and finely chopped hot peppers, then roasted or grilled. This is a quick and easy recipe to make, and a delicious appetizer or meze for holiday entertaining.

    Total prep/cook time: 30 minutes

  • 07 of 07

    Tzatziki: Yogurt, Cucumber, and Garlic Dip or Spread

    Tzatziki and pita
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    The most well-known of Greek appetizers, tzatziki is great as a dip with pita bread, fresh veggies, or crackers, or just eaten to accompany other foods.

    Total prep/cook time: 15 minutes.