The $10 Mezze Platter: An Academy Awards-Inspired Recipe

The $10 Mezze Platter: Inspired by the Academy Award-nominated film American Sniper. Click through for details!

Hey guys! I am THRILLED to be participating in an Academy Awards-inspired blog party with 7 of my favorite blogger friends!

I am a huge movie buff, and every year, I attempt to see as many of the Academy Awards Best Picture nominees as I can. This year, I took my hobby to the next level and teamed up with 7 other bloggers to bring you a total of 8 party-appropriate recipes – one for each of the Best Picture nominated films!

Check Out 7 Other Best Picture-Inspired Recipes:

My Recipe: The $10 Mezze Platter, Inspired By American Sniper

Let me make one thing clear: American Sniper is not a film about food. Not in the least. But I was inspired by one scene in particular, which involved a group of people gathering over a table full of delicious-looking Middle-Eastern food.

Sticking to my cheap recipe theme, I came up with a mezze platter – a selection of dips and small bites that is often served as an appetizer course in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries – for less than $10.00.

The $10 Mezze Platter, inspired by American Sniper. Click through for details!

The Menu & What I Paid

I usually have to shop around to find the cheapest food items possible, but one trip to Trader Joe’s was all it took to create this platter. Here’s what I paid:

  • Picholine olives: $1.99
  • Pita bread (to make homemade pita chips): $1.69
  • English cucumber: $1.69
  • Roasted garlic hummus: $1.99
  • Greek yogurt (to make homemade tzatziki sauce): $1.69 (To make, mix one container of Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup diced cucumber, fresh garlic, and a teaspoon of red wine vinegar)

Total cost: $9.05 (not including cost of olive oil, vinegar, and garlic)

You truly don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a great appetizer platter. I’ve done this before with my $10 Cheese Plate and $10 Appetizer Spread.

Start Planning Your Oscars Party Today

Now you have an excuse to throw an Academy Awards-themed party – and you have 8 party-ready recipes to choose from. Even better, get your friends to join in and each take a recipe. This could be the greatest party of your year!

2015 Best Picture Inspired Recipes: Click through for all 8 recipesFor more cheap recipe inspiration and notifications of fun blog parties like this from time to time, please follow me on Facebook and Instagram.


9 Responses to “The $10 Mezze Platter: An Academy Awards-Inspired Recipe”

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    Sharon — February 16, 2015 @ 3:16 pm

    Love the platter, Haley! One of my favourite ways to enjoy a meal is communal style with a variety of delights like this. Thanks so much for including me in this super fun project! I’m in for next year. 🙂

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    Karen Harris — February 16, 2015 @ 3:55 pm

    Thanks for including me in this project! I had a blast! I will definitely be making your affordable platter next Sunday. This is absolutely one of my favorite types of food to graze on.

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    Annie — February 16, 2015 @ 8:06 pm

    I love this! I’ve got movies to watch and food to try…. Thanks! 🙂

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    violet — February 16, 2015 @ 8:12 pm

    What a GREAT idea for a party!!

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    Greta — February 16, 2015 @ 11:51 pm

    Haley. You Rock. Your platter looks phenomenal- nothing beats a Greek-esk tray of food in my mind (olives are pretty much pickles in my heart). Thank you so much for putting all your time and energy into making this happen- I would say it was a rip-roaring success and it couldn’t have happened w/o you!

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    Lisa Keys — February 17, 2015 @ 12:18 am

    The platter looks and sound delicious but being a military mom attached to the scout sniper platoon without a doubt I would have liked to have seen some recipes for “shots’ or “shooters”

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    NellieBellie — February 17, 2015 @ 1:49 am

    Love this! It’s so nice to be reminded of great ways to host that don’t cost a ton of money. And this is definitely a great choice for American Sniper!

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    liz | carpé season — February 17, 2015 @ 3:27 am

    You had me at roasted garlic hummus. Looks absolutely delicious, and again, I’m so glad I got to be a part of this little project!

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    Femme Fraîche — February 17, 2015 @ 6:46 pm

    Haley, your platter looks so delicious and it’s thriftiness is also a major perk! We like to have what we call “appetizer dinner” around here once in a while, but it usually gets more of an Italian slant. I think that next time, we’ll model it off of this! Thanks so much for including me in what’s been a super fun collaboration! xoxo

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