If you no longer eat eggs but have a craving for the retro classic, deviled eggs, you'll really enjoy these deviled tomatoes — a completely vegan rendition. The combination of chickpeas, nutritional yeast, and vegan mayo add up to a fairly egg-like flavor and consistency. And these are even easier to make than the originals. Though these are somewhat spring-y (for instance, they'd be a lovely vegan Easter appetizer) they can be a treat any time of year for brunch, as an appetizer, or even to pack into the lunch box in a container. These are rather addictive, and with no worry about cholesterol, be prepared for them to disappear quickly! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
- 15- to 16- ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- ⅓ cup vegan mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard or more, to taste
- 1 teaspoon curry powder or more, to taste
- Pinch of ground cumin or more, to taste
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives or scallion
- 8 to 10 ripe plum Roma tomatoes or other small tomatoes
- Paprika for topping
- Shredded romaine lettuce or baby greens optional
- Combine the chickpeas, mayonnaise, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mustard, curry powder, and pepper in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse on and off until the mixture is nicely melded, but don't puree—leave a little texture.
- Add the chives or scallion through the feed tube and pulse on and off a few times to whirl in.
- If you don't have a food processor, simply mash the chickpeas well in a bowl, and stir in the mayonnaise, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mustard, curry powder, pepper, and chives.
- Cut the tomatoes in half and scoop out the seedy center with a spoon. You'll be left with a neat shell (save what you've scooped out for another use, such as blending into a juice or sauce).
- Stuff the tomatoes generously with the chickpea mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Arrange on a platter atop a bed of lettuce or baby greens.
Add a tablespoon or two of pickle relish.
Use black salt (kala namak — which is actually pink —available in Indian groceries) instead of regular salt; it adds a distinctive egg-like flavor.