Need a vegan tea party sandwich for a crowd
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
Phyllo tarts with lemon curd and mini-meringues
Scones with jam and clotted cream
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.
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.
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!)
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?
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.
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.