With Christmas fast approaching, we thought we’d share with you some fantastic vegan food suggestions to make your party go with a bang
First, if you’ve got a bit of time, why not try making some moreish snacks? The following recipes can be prepared with the minimum of fuss, yet they look and taste great.
Sweet Potato Fritters
These delicious mouthfuls can be thrown together with all manner of ingredients. You’ll need about a kilo of sweet potatoes. To save time bake them in advance, then mash with finely chopped onion and garlic, black pepper, cumin and chilli. Add some green peas or edamame beans for texture, roll into balls, flatten slightly, dust with flour and fry in coconut oil. Yummmm!
Oven-baked snacks are always a timesaver – you can prepare them ahead of time and pop the oven on when your guests arrive. Roasted chickpeas are so simple and they’re incredibly tasty straight from the oven. Place your cooked chickpeas in a roasting tray with olive oil and spices – they’re delicious with Ras El Hanout but you can use any spices you fancy. Bake at Gas 4 or 180C for 35 minutes, shaking the tray halfway through so they roast evenly.
For these easy to make snacks you’ll need a head of cauliflower cut into florets. Make a simple batter with 200ml non-dairy milk and 120g flour, with some chilli flakes and black pepper. Dip your cauliflower florets in the batter then roll in breadcrumbs and bake in a hot oven (Gas7/8), 230C for around 20 minutes until crisp. These are great with hummus or vegan mayonnaise.
While the oven’s on, make some seasonal parsnip chips. You’ll need one parsnip per person. Slice the parsnips into thin strips, toss with olive oil and a half teaspoon of cinnamon and roast in a pre-heated oven at Gas 5 or 190C for 40-45 minutes, tossing halfway through.
Nut Butter Stuffed Dates
These moreish date nibbles are sweet yes, but also packed with protein. And they’re so easy to make! You’ll just need plenty of dates – squidgy Medjool dates are best – and your favourite nut butter. Carefully cut the stone out of each date without cutting it in half and fill each date with about a teaspoon of nut butter. You can sprinkle them with your favourite toppings – desiccated coconut, nuts, sesame seeds, or for extra indulgence dip each date in melted dark chocolate.
If you’re pressed for time, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Waitrose where you’ll find a fantastic selection of vegan party food, including Higgidy roasted sweet potato and red onion parcels, Quorn vegan ham and chicken slices, or why not slice up a White Rabbit Pizza Co Viva La Vegan Pizza? Clive’s, purveyors of scrummy pies, also makes a delicious lentil and kale tart with festive cranberry. A party always calls for hummus, and Waitrose now also offers Happy Pear Happy Hummus in natural, sweet beet and sundried tomato flavours. Finally you have to have some sausages on sticks, so why not cut up some Heck ‘The Beet Goes On’ beetroot, carrot and horseradish sausages, and pop onto toothpicks.
And of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies – vegan, of course! Buy them ready made from Asda, or make your own with yummy Meridian vegan mincemeat, available from health food stores.