Turkish meze often consist of beyaz peynir (literally "white cheese"), kavun (sliced ripe melon), acılı ezme (hot pepper paste often with walnuts), haydari (thick strained yoghurt like the Levantine labne), patlıcan salatası (cold aubergine salad), beyin salatası (brain salad), kalamar (calamari or squid), enginar (artichokes), cacık (yoghurt with cucumber and garlic), pilaki (foods cooked in a special sauce), dolma or sarma (stuffed vegetables), and köfte (meatballs).
M is for mezes. In Turkey, a meze is a selection of small dishes. Enjoyed equally as a breakfast, lunch or dinner, you may find such foods as Turkish white cheese, melon, hot pepper paste, aubergine salad, calamari, artichokes, dolma (stuffed vine leaves), and kofte (meatballs) .. This is truly a wonderful way to enjoy a meal with good company!