Tasty Vegan Appetizers

Black Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

olive tapenade by allyson kramer

A delicious starter to any meal when served with crisp vegetables
or small bites of bread, this tapenade features some of the finest flavors in European cuisine. Use as a mix-in to stews and pasta dishes for a ton of added flavor with very little effort. Recipe and photo contributed by Allyson Kramer, from Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats Around the World* © 2013 Fair Winds Press, reprinted by permission. more→

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Little Macs with Very, Very Special Sauce

Little Mac by Brian Patton from Sexy Vegan's Happy HourWhen author Brian Patton (aka The Sexy Vegan) began dating his soon-to-be wife, he offered to entertain her with Friday night happy hours at her apartment or his. After a long workweek, she was ready to kick back and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine, and it was the perfect way to enjoy summer evenings. After a couple weeks, these evenings weren’t just for two because her friends begged for invitations after hearing rave reviews of Brian’s delicious tapas and appetizers.

This Little Macs recipe is from the book’s The Happiest Meal Happy Hour Menu that also includes a recipe for Baked Sweet Potato “Fries” with Adobo Dipping Sauce. Excerpted with permission from The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home* ©2013 by Brian Patton. Published with permission of New World Library.  more→

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Baked Sweet Potato “Fries”with Adobo Dipping Sauce

sweet potato fries by brian patton from sexy vegan's happy hourThis Baked Sweet Potato “Fries” recipe is from the The Happiest Meal Happy Hour Menu in The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Homeby Brian Patton, which also includes a recipe for Little Macs with Very, Very Special Sauce. Excerpted with permission from The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home©2013 by Brian Patton. Published with permission of New World Library. more→

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Potato or Sweet Potato Oven “Fries”

Sweet potato fries recipe

A terrific way to enjoy low-fat  potato or sweet potato “fries” baked in the oven, these are a great accompaniment for veggie burgers and wraps.  more→

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Barbecue-Flavored Tofu Nuggets

bbqtofuThis is so simple that it barely qualifies as a recipe! But it is invariably a huge hit, and makes believers out of tofu skeptics. It can be served as a simple protein dish on the dinner plate, or as a hot appetizer with cocktail toothpicks. Of course, if you use VegKitchen’s recipe for Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce, this becomes more than a 3-ingredient recipe, but since I’ve never found a prepared BBQ sauce I’ve been too impressed with, I like to take the few extra moments to make my own. more→

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Smoked Tofu with Celery and Peanuts

smoked tofu celery and peanuts fuchsia dunlopThis takes about 10 minutes to prepare and makes a wonderful appetizer. You can use either fried or roasted peanuts: both are delicious, differing mainly in the mouthfeel of the moist or crunchy nuts. Reprinted from Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking*by Fuchsia Dunlop. Copyright © 2012 by Fuchsia Dunlop. Photographs copyright © 2012 by Chris Terry. With the permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company. All rights reserved.

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White Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Pâté

White bean and sun-dried tomato paté recipe

Here’s an old standby that never fails to please — a savory spread based on creamy white beans, accentuated with sun-dried tomatoes. Serve with raw vegetables and crispbreads. Make the sliceable version of Smoky Cheddar Cheez and serve with crisp red grapes for a lovely array of appetizers. Photo by Gail Calvert Rollins. more→

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Samosas and Fresh Mango Chutney

Samosas and Mango Chutney

These delicious, spicy Indian starters are easy to make with phyllo pastry. Once you have mastered the first one, constructing the samosas is really easy. Contributed by Debroah Gray from 500 Vegan Dishes*(Sellers Publishing, 2011).

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