Tasty Vegan Appetizers

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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Taco Bowls with Mixed Bean Sprouts Salsa

Taco bowls with bean sprout salsa

These crispy taco bowls, filled with an unusual salsa of mixed bean sprouts, are a fantastic party finger food, or a great snack for a cozy movie night on the sofa. They’re also perfect to please vegans, vegetarians, and those on gluten- dairy-, and nut-free diets. You can keep them simple or give them a spicy drizzle with your favorite sauces. Recipe and photos contributed Andrea Soranidis of The Petite Cook.
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Barbecue-Flavored Tofu Nuggets

Baked Barbecue-Flavored Tofu Nuggets

This 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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Scallion Pancakes

Scallion pancakes recipe

These delicious finger-sized pancakes are appreciated by adults and children alike and make either a tasty appetizer served with “Duck” Sauce, or as an accompaniment to most soups, especially  Asian soups. Double the recipe to serve a bigger crowd. more→

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Spanish Chickpea Fritters with Romesco Sauce

Big Vegan Spanish Chickpea Fritters from Robin AsbellThe tradition of Spanish tapas is such a fun way to eat—bite-sized morsels of tasty food that just happen to taste great with Spanish wines. These fritters are flecked with spinach and when you dip them in a roasty romesco sauce, you can’t go wrong. Recipe and photo from Big Vegan: More than 350 Recipes, No Meat/No Dairy All Delicious* by Robin Asbell.  more→

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