middle eastern mezze platter

Middle East Mezze Platter

Labna Carrot Spread is a white bean feta smash and a selection of warmed citrus spices, marinated olives with breads and crackers to scoop it all up with.
This is to be shared with a group of friends, and added extras who meet with on a rotating venue and themed, arrangement, lots of fun and a shared interest and love of good food and entertaining. In the mix is a vegetarian and a gluten free requirement. I love these extra stipulations as it helps me think outside the square and work with new ideas and ingredients.



  • 500ml plain unsweetened acidophilus yoghurt
  • 2 grated carrots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • olive oil
  • cumin seeds
  • chilli flakes (optional)
    – fresh herbs to garnish (this will be parsley as at the end of winter that is pretty much the only surviving herb in my garden)

I have strained though a clean muslin cloth 500ml of plain unsweetened acidophilus yoghurt overnight. This will leave me with a nice thick yoghurt to begin (don’t forget you can use the whey in smoothies or baking or maybe I will give it to my poor unsuspecting chickens).


There are possibly more culinary correct words than smash, but I think it describes the effect I want best with a little drama as well.


  • 125g white beans
    – you could use tinned but I like to soak and cook my own with aromatics such as garlic thyme and or rosemary and a bay leaf depending on the end flavour profile I am looking for
  • Handful each chopped parsley and mint
  • Clove of chopped garlic
  • ½ preserved lemon finely chopped
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt pepper

Cook the beans till well done in lightly salted herbed up water, sometimes I add a good pinch of baking soda to the beans as they cook this seems to have a softening effect on the beans. Don’t do this if you want firm beans for a salad, this would fall in the category of lessons I have learned the hard way!
Cool the beans and then lightly mash so you still have plenty of texture but a cohesive mash.
At this point you can add all the other ingredients seasoning


250gm Your choice of olives plain or mixed well drained
½ tsp freshly toasted fennel seeds
zest of one orange
olive oil to cove
mix and leave at least overnight

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