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Hi! Any suggestions for vegetarian party nibbles (cocktail food) which are not a lot of work (i'm not baking anything...) guacamole is happening, anyone have any recipes for some spinachy dip that is good? Something to do with mushrooms besides stuff with goat cheese?

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  1. You may want to post on the vegetarian board on this site as well.

    That said, here are a few thoughts.

    The Knorr's spinach dip is so old it's new again. It used to be on the back of the dried vegetable soup mix box. If not there, probable on line.

    Make up a few cups of Pepperidge Farm Herb stuffing mix according to bag instructions, using a little dry Marsala as part of the liquid, sauteed chopped mushroom stems and finely chopped onion in butter. Stuff mushrooms with that mixture, bake in an oiled dish until heated through. Good hot out of the oven or at room temp.

    If you eat cheese, toothpicks alternated with pearl mozzarella balls, halved tiny tomatoes, snippet of basil.

    Lots of recipes on line for toasted nuts. Some savory, some semi-sweet. Minimal work. Although you could just opt for a can of salted ( or not) mixed nuts.

    Also, you could just have a big bowl of pistachios with a small bowl nestled into it for shells. Everyone shells ones own. Put a couple shells in the empty bowl so folks get the intent.

    Any fruit-on-a-toothpick is fine with drinks. Whatever is in season. Cantaloupe chunks. Heck, just a couple of bunches of grapes (maybe different colors, seedless) on a pretty platter.

    Something bready, like pretzels. Make a mustard dip and use little pretzels so guests aren't encouraged to double dip.

    1. Wraps of tortillas, various colours, cut into individual pieces, with various fillings always look nice on a plate and are satisfying.

        1. Do you have a Trader Joe's? I see that they have reflected their iconic frozen Orange Chicken in some vegetarian non-chicken Orange Chickenoid nuggets. I haven't tried them but if they are good they might do well on toothpicks.

          1. Steamed shell-on edamame finished with sesame oil, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

            1. beer battered or tempura battered mushrooms, onion rings, asparagus? crostini with mushrooms or a mushroom-onion tart?

              1. cantaloupe slices wrapped in prosciutto, with shaved parm and red grapes. drizzle with balsamic vinegar. you could also make these into mini skewers.

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                1. re: Atomic76

                  Prosciutto is not ideal for vegetarian.

                  I did a relish tray of peppadews, marinated mushrooms, olives and mozzarella balls that was a hit.

                  Roquefort grapes are a little old fashioned but people like them.

                  OP- you mention no baking but then talk about stuffed mushrooms so I am a little confused. So what about pear and blue cheese tartlets. The recipe is in allrecipes.com. I agree the traditional spinach dip is usually a hit. Lipton still has the recipe in their boxes as suggested above.

                  I will keep thinking. There are some great Mediterranean vegetarian snacks.

                2. Assorted spiced nuts-savory and sweet

                  Toasted garbanzo beans with cumin

                  Basic crudités

                  Hummus with chips/veggies

                  Pretzels with honey mustard dip

                  Chips and salsa

                  Crock pot with carrot ginger soup

                  Celery sticks stuffed with spicy cream cheese

                  If you are willing to turn on your oven at all there's are many thing you can do with frozen puff pastry.....

                  1. I make a flatbread/pizza thing covered with mozzarella cheese and sautéed mushrooms with a few drops of truffle oil sprinkled on top. Delish.

                    1. Top portabella mushrooms with pesto and bake. Cut into 1/6ths and serve w/ toothpicks.

                        1. Hi! The party was 8 months ago, but thanks for the great suggestions. I ended up making some martha stewart cheesy spinach dip that was totally delicious, as well as some other things I don't remember. Just to clarify, no baking did not mean I wont use the oven, it mean no pastries or bread, etc.

                          1. This is great base for a dip - but served as is seems a bit plain to me.

                            I add the following: Fresh Basil, 3 - 4 cloves garlic, Kalmata olives, Sundried tomatoes and if needed a bit of lemon juice along with a good couple tblbspoons of EVOO.
                            I put the olives, Tomatoes, basil in after the dip is smooth for a bit of texture.


                            Served with Pita Chips -

                            Promise it's a hit... very wine friendly etc.