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Need a vegan tea party sandwich for a crowd

Isolda May 17, 2014 12:54 PM

I'm doing a tea for 170 people (high school seniors and family members). It's a school tradition, so it has to be nice. My menu was set, but I found out that a few families are vegan, and I only had two vegan items. Someone is ordering vegan pastries, but I need a savory sandwich.

It needs to be a finger sandwich, not too messy, and nut-free. All food is plated and placed on tiered plate holders on each table.

The menu items, including the non-vegan things, are:
Fruit skewers (back by request)
Arugula, hummus and carrot pinwheels
Cucumber, dill and cream cheese triangles
Curried chicken salad sandwiches
Whatever vegan pastries the volunteer brings
Nick's Supernatural brownies
Cheesecake bars
Phyllo tarts with lemon curd and mini-meringues
Scones with jam and clotted cream

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  1. foodieX2 RE: Isolda May 17, 2014 12:59 PM

    My neice is vegan so I bookmarked this site a while back. They have a whole section on tea sandwiches. Might be able to get some ideas there.

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    1. re: foodieX2
      Isolda RE: foodieX2 May 17, 2014 01:27 PM

      Thank you!

    2. greygarious RE: Isolda May 17, 2014 01:23 PM

      You should ask this on the Vegetarian & Vegan Board.

      If anyone wants to bake a vegan sweet, google Nikki's Healthy Cookies. For some of the phyllo tarts, use Pam spray instead of butter, and jam/preserves as the filling.

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      1. re: greygarious
        Isolda RE: greygarious May 17, 2014 01:27 PM

        Will do. Thanks!

      2. PinkLynx RE: Isolda May 17, 2014 01:30 PM

        You've got hummus covered so I'm thinking something with an olive tapenade (no anchovy!) would be a nice change of pace for vegans. Maybe tapenade/cucumber or tapenade/roasted red pepper slice. You could also do the cucumber/dill/cream cheese one with a vegan cream cheese (easy to find now). Just make sure to differentiate between the two...a different shape or type of bread.

        Or...a mock tuna (tofu) salad. I make a fake chicken salad with gardein chik'n scallopini and it would totally work with curry.

        1. LaLa RE: Isolda May 17, 2014 01:41 PM

          Why not make the cucumber one vegan with the vegan "cream cheese" and bread

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            magiesmom RE: LaLa May 17, 2014 03:09 PM

            I wondered about this also.

            1. re: LaLa
              HillsofBeverly RE: LaLa May 17, 2014 05:00 PM

              Vegan Benedictine! Vegan "cream cheese," shredded drained cukes and onions, dash of Tabasco.

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                hotoynoodle RE: HillsofBeverly May 17, 2014 05:46 PM

                op already has cuke and cream cheese.

            2. hotoynoodle RE: Isolda May 17, 2014 02:00 PM

              smashed avocado (add lots of lemon juice to prevent browning) with roasted yellow pepper strips, topped with sprouts

              white bean puree with roasted tomatoes, topped with bits of olive

              roasted eggplant with pesto

              wacky cake is pretty much vegan if you wanted to make mini-cupcakes.

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              1. re: hotoynoodle
                HillsofBeverly RE: hotoynoodle May 17, 2014 05:01 PM

                Yes to Avocado. I'm not vegan but often do an open faced, or closed, sandwich of whole wheat, mashed avocado, and sliced cukes and or roasted peppers. Tasty enough to exist on its own.

                1. re: hotoynoodle
                  westsidegal RE: hotoynoodle May 17, 2014 06:34 PM

                  pesto is not normally vegan so i'd use some plain basil leaves instead.

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                    hotoynoodle RE: westsidegal May 18, 2014 05:32 AM

                    thanks for catching my brain cramp. just a basil/nut puree would work. i loathe all those fake cheeses.

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                      sedimental RE: hotoynoodle May 18, 2014 11:52 AM


                      This vegan pesto is actually ....really good!

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                        Ttrockwood RE: sedimental May 18, 2014 02:16 PM

                        Since the OP said nut-free i'm sure a swap with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds (cheaper) would work well too.....

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                  rjbh20 RE: Isolda May 17, 2014 04:44 PM

                  Kale & rice cracker sandwiches. Knocks off the gluten-free crowd as well.

                  1. Ttrockwood RE: Isolda May 17, 2014 07:35 PM

                    This sunflower seed pate is very rich and flavorful, easy to make in advance:

                    This mushroom pate is also easy to make ahead

                    With the pate i would also add a leaf or two of lettuce to the sandwiches for some crunch.
                    (Check that your bread is vegan!)

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                      pickledtink RE: Isolda May 17, 2014 09:02 PM

                      If you want a finger sandwich for the vegans, how about something like a cucumber and greens triangles with a hummus (maybe cilantro hummus?) spread instead of the cream cheese. I have had variations of the above that I love.

                      For another sandwich idea, roasted veggies with a red pepper spread? Or something like roasted eggplant with olive tapenade?

                      1. Ruthie789 RE: Isolda May 18, 2014 12:08 PM

                        I was at a baby shower which served vegan options, one of them was a small hand held sandwich with chick peas it was very good. It is not dainty however.

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                          Isolda RE: Isolda May 19, 2014 02:22 PM

                          Thanks for these great suggestions. I've been experimenting and made a white bean-basil-olive oil-garlic puree that I spread on a tortilla (no dairy), then rolled up and cut into pinwheels. My testers loved these, but preferred the somewhat more complicated edamame pate I came up with (inspired by some of your suggestions.) While I love avocados, they're pricey here and it's not always easy to find as many ripe ones as I would need all at once.

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                            hotoynoodle RE: Isolda May 19, 2014 04:29 PM

                            you can punch up the edamame with sesame oil and miso. :)

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                              Cherylptw RE: Isolda May 19, 2014 10:00 PM

                              You can add flavor by oven roasting onion/garlic/celery and or carrot until caramelized then puree it with your other ingredients before spreading on your tortilla and line it with some baby greens with a little character like arugula or beet greens, for example.

                              Another suggestion is to brush the tortilla with olive or other oil, sprinkle with a seasoning blend like a salt free seasoning or something with a lot of herbs and lightly toast it in a skillet or on a grill before filling and rolling. You would be surprised the extra flavor you can achieve with small additions.

                            2. Berheenia RE: Isolda May 20, 2014 12:24 AM

                              my favorite vegan finger sandwich is actually a crostini


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