With the festive season already around the corner, travelling may just be on the cards again. If not, you can always escape in your kitchen, travel with your taste buds and gather your family for a cheerful get-together. The Mediterranean – with its vibrant flavours and light, fresh dishes made for sharing under open skies – is the inspiration. Indulge in these easy recipes for a memorable three-course family lunch with the Mediterranean on your plate.
To start your journey
Nothing screams the Mediterranean quite like a fresh Greek salad. This roasted tomato and feta salad is cheeky and hustle-free. Add a bit of seafood in the mix and go for this origanum fish with greek salad. Or, better yet, go with these stuffed calamari as a stunning starter option.
The main event
Roast chicken is a winner when it comes to family lunches. This Mediterranean chicken with olives and roasted vine tomatoes is a sure way to go. As an alternative to the olives and tomatoes, try McCain’s new Mediterranean Roast Vegetable Mix with Harissa Glaze for a fuller and nutritious option. McCain’s Mediterranean Roast Vegetable Mix & Harissa Glaze would also go well with these 10-minute pan-fried Greek chicken breasts. Lamb features prominently in Mediterranean cuisine and this moussaka (lamb and aubergine bake) is a classic inclusion.
End with something sweet
A Mediterranean-inspired feast is not complete without sweet pastry treats like baklava or Greek loukoumades. However, if you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert, try the kourabiedes, which is infused with a shot of brandy and generously dusted in icing sugar.