Appetizer challenge: vegetarian, no cheese, no bread or pastry, no dips
So here's my challenge -- I need to round out an appetizer menu with something that fits the above description. This is to go with cocktails prior to a full dinner, so I really don't want anything heavy.
The current lineup includes:
- pickled carrots and cauliflower
- caramelized spiced nuts
- cheese puffs
- demi-tasse cups of roasted cauliflower soup (not vegetarian)
Some guests are vegetarian, others are lactose intolerant, so the above list is a 50/50 split as to who can eat what. I'd like one more finger food to add to the menu that both can eat. I don't want a dip (too fussy for a large party) and I don't want anything with bread or pastry (too heavy). There's already one cheesy app and I don't want the vegetarians to feel like everything I'm giving them is cheese based, plus I find too much cheese is too heavy.
I'm thinking stuffed cherry tomatoes would be light and pretty, but all my usual ideas involve cheese. Any other thoughts as to what I could stuff them with?
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I've had that vegan pate done in little purple plum tomatoes and it was very tasty.
What about spicy sweet potato chips? You can make them or you can buy them at the nearest organic foods market...although they'd be better with a dip.
I've had this before, requires some specialty products like vegan pepperoni and I recommend vegan pepper jack, not mozzarella, but they were pretty tasty. http://www.vegancoach.com/vegan-appet... Don't buy cheap vegan cheese or pepperoni.
You said no bread so no crostini or bruschetta. Maybe Sun Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade served on endive?
* 1 4 ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained (reserve the oil
) * 1 cup good pitted brine-cured black olives
* 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
* 3 cloves garlic
* 1/2 cup capers
* 1 1/2 tsp vegan Parmesan substitute (optional)
* salt and pepper to taste
Just food process and it is ready.
Samosas are yummy but do have some bread. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUA4g8... I've made Manjula's and they are so tasty. If you think Indian might be well received, check out her website. I've had very good luck with all her recipes.
http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2010/0... <<that one is my favorite, but it probably won't suit for an appetizer very well because it is very filling.
Spring rolls would be a nice make-ahead perhaps?
Avocado Caprese sounds light and tasty. http://www.happycow.net/recipes.php?i...
A layered vegetable terrine cut into squares & handled with a toothpick. You can use roasted red peppers, portabella mushrooms, eggplant, etc.
Another idea is to grill off your favorite veggies (I suggest the same veggies as above) and make veggie roll ups..You grill large red bells, peel and divide each one into six pieces...top with a grilled portabella slice, then a piece of eggplant, then whatever else you want to use. These are really good with fresh basil between the layers of veggies. Roll them up (short side) and tie with a piece of chive (wind it around a couple of times to hold it) or even some grilled scallion strips. Stick a toothpick in them and serve. They're pretty on a tray (try it with orange & yellow bells also) and you can grill the veggies a day ahead, just let them come to room temp before serving.
If we can broil stuff, make a veggie and fruit kebab. Pineapple chunks, mushrooms, bell pepper, onion chunks or pearl onions, strung together on wooden skewers and slow roasted/broiled.