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I need a light dessert for my mezes dinner

Hey all,

It's been so long since I've hosted a dinner party, I'm having trouble with my menu! Let me know if any of these dishes can be spruced up with a few extra herbs or ingredients, and help me think of a light and delicious dessert. It's spring, it's warm in LA, and we want to celebrate!

-white beans in tomato/garlic/olive oil

-blanched, chilled asparagus marinated in lemon/olive oil dressing and wrapped in a slice of chuck

-steamed (or seared) snapper filets smothered in a puree of olives, sun dried tomatoes, and capers

-thyme marinated button mushrooms (slightly seared and chilled)

-grilled shrimp (lemon, garlic, and onion marinade)

-bread crumb coated seared scallops.

-bread with a few spreads (hummus, tabouli)

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    1. re: Den

      "Mezze" are what they call appetizers (or perhaps better described as small plates/tapas) in Medeterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine.

    2. Figs or prunes stuffed with mascarpone and drizzled with honey. It has the same meditteranean feel as your menu. And it's easy, elegant, and you can make ahead.

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      1. re: Megiac

        In a similar vein, take really good sheep's milk feta and drizzle it with lavendar honey. Serve with crostini. The sweetness of the honey compliments the feta really well.

      2. Mmmmm...sounds good.

        What about a simple mixture of fruit (berries, peaches) macerated in amaretto and served with either creme anglaise or chantilly cream?
        Or as an alternative, mix your fruit with a bit of champagne and some chopped fresh mint. Also serve with either of the above options.

        Oh and I think your snapper would be great seared, as opposed to steamed.
        Maybe add a touch of curry powder to your bread crumb scallops?

        1. What about Honey Cinnamon Oranges

          2 oranges (navals are good)
          2 tablespoons honey
          2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
          fresh mint leaves, torn (for garnish)

          1. Peel the oranges and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices.
          2. Place on a serving platter.
          3. Mix honey and cinnamon in a small bowl.
          4. Drizzle the honey mixture over oranges and garnish with mint leaves. Enjoy

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          1. re: Lightsuprooms

            I do much the same up to stage 2 but drizzle with a sugar syrup made with some of the same orange juice. (I also flavour it with grand marnier) and sprinkle sliced almonds over the top. It's really good with almond and orange biscuits. (Quite dense almond paste and icing sugar mixed with orange zest, made in to balls, dipped in egg white, smothered in icing sugar then baked until crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. These are also really good with vanilla ice cream.) (Sorry, off on a tangent again!)

            Oh, and I can't have meze without some variation of grilled or fried haloumi...

            1. re: ali patts

              Hm, I do have some blood oranges, so I think I'll do a variation on oranges and honey and see if anyone wants to bring me a pint of good ice cream. Thanks, all!

          2. panna cotta w/ fresh berries

            This is really good and light, too, and you can use mascarpone instead of cream cheese:

            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

            Use fresh ricotta or it turns out grainy.