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Syllavus
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Well I'm throwing a small little holiday dinner party for some of my friends right after Christmas, but one of my friends is a vegetarian, so I'd like to be sure that I have plenty of vegetarian options available for her to eat.

I'm already pretty sure I'll make some sort of veggie lasagna for the main course at dinner, but I'm a little stumped at what other stuff I could get for finger-food and appetizers, other than say, some veggie springrolls. I'd like it to be stuff that everyone can enjoy, so it's not like she has "her" food and the non-vegetarians have theirs, so I'd basically like everything to be vegetarian. Ease of preparation is key too, as I'm no gourmet chef. [Big Grin]

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. [Smile]

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Since you suggested veggie lasagna as the main course, I'm assuming she's not completely vegan but also eats dairy. In which case, you could make or buy spanakopita. Or cut a bunch of pita breads into wedges and serve with various dips; hummus, babaganoush, tzatziki.

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Stuffed mushrooms can be made vegetarian or even, I imagine, vegan. If your friend eats cheese, of course, the possibilities expand greatly.

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Do any of the local stores have "olive bars" or "antipasti bars"? Those offer some great easy options.

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If she eats dairy, I would recommend spinach artichoke dip:

8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 - 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained, coarsely chopped
½ c frozen chopped spinach, well-drained and wrung-out in a clean kitchen towel
¼ c mayonnaise
¼ c Parmesan cheese
¼ c Romano cheese
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 T fresh basil (1 t basil if dry)
¼ c Mozzarella cheese grated
salt and pepper to taste

Cream together mayonnaise, Parmesan, Romano cheese, garlic, and basil. Mix well. Add the artichoke hearts and spinach, and mix until blended. Pour into baking dish and top with Mozzarella. Bake at 350° F. for 25 minutes or until the top is browned. Serve with toasted bread.

ETA: You can leave out the mayo if she doesn't eat eggs. I forgot eggs are in mayo. I've made it without the mayo and it still tastes good.

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Syllavus
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She's vegetarian, not vegan, she used to be vegan but she's relaxed her restrictions since then and she'll eat dairy now. Just no meats, poultry or fish.

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Couscous salad. Really easy to make, delicious, and chock full of protein and fibre. Just look up a recipe online. Like this one.

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Can't go wrong with simple cheese and crackers. A nice cheese selection from a gourmet market with some cool crackers. It doesn't have to be cheddar cubes and ritz.
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I think you're good to go. The entree is vegetarian lasagne. Are you planning on some vegetables as side dishes? What about a simple salad to start the meal?

If you're planning appetizers, you can do just about anything. Cheese and crackers, dip, etc.

As someone who is a semi-vegetarian (I still eat fish about once a week), I'm usually happy with there's anything more than salad for me to eat when I go somewhere.

Edited: for clarity

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Carrot sticks and celery sticks with cream cheese spread.A pickle tray with sweet gerkins, dill spears, sweet spears, and olives. Apple slices and orange slices. Cucumber sandwiches sliced into triangles. Cookies!
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My aunt made an amazing appetizer for my mom's Thanksgiving spread.

It was big seedless grapes rolled in goat cheese and walnuts. I think she mixed the goat cheese with a small amount of water to make it more spreadable. It was absolutely delicious.

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Do you have Trader Joe's stores in your area? I found some hummus dip there last week. Serve that with some crackers.

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ThistleS, your aunt's appetizer sounds wonderful!

For a nice twist on cheese-and-crackers, you might try baked brie en croute. Mmmm.

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Spinach samosas are good appetizers, if you can find a good recipe.

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Here's a tart that I love. It is soooo yummy; mom has made it for me several times. We discovered it at a place called Vin'tij in Destin, and they were kind enough to give us the recipie.

RED WINE BLUE CHEESE TART

FOR DOUGH:
1/4 pound BUTTER
1-3/4 CUP FLOUR
1 PINCH SALT
1/4 CUP RED WINE

FOR TOPPING:
1.5 lbs. CRUMBLED BLUE CHEESE
1 lb. RED GRAPES
1 CUP CANDIED WALNUTS

1. IN A FOOD PROCESSOR PULSE THE BUTTER AND FLOUR UNTIL COMBINED, THEN DRIZZLE THE RED WINE INTO THE PROCESSOR. PULSE THE DOUGH UNTIL IT BALLS UP
2. ON A FLOUR COVERED CUTTING BOARD ROLL THE DOUGH OUT AND LINE YOUR FLOUR AND BUTTERED TART PAN WITH THE DOUGH
3. SPREAD THE CRUMBLED BLUE CHEESE INTO THE TART PAN AND BAKE @350 FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES OR UNTIL THE CHEESE GETS A LITTLE GOLDEN BOWN, NOT TOO MUCH
4. LET THE TART COOL FOR A FEW MINUTES AND PRESS THE GRAPES INTO THE CHEESE, GARNISH THE TART WITH ROAST PEPPERS, BALSAMIC REDUCTION AND THE CANDIED WALNUTS

BALSAMIC REDUCTION
6 OZ. SUGAR
4 OZ. WATER
1 QUART BALSAMIC VINEGAR
1 PINCH CRUSHED RED CHILIS

MEASURE AND COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS INTO A SAUCEPOT
OVER MEDIUM HEAT, COOK REDUCTION UNTIL IT STARTS TO THICKEN
THE SAUCE SHOULD EASILY COAT THE BACK OF A SPOON,
IF YOU COOK IT TOO FAR, DRIZZLE SOME WATER INTO IT.

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I'll give another nod to stuffed mushroom caps. Delicious, hot, and they look good on a platter.

Various types of hummus with pita bread and veggies for dipping are an excellent choice.

Phylld-dough spinach cups are a tasty treat.

And, of course, there's always deviled eggs...although eggs aren't always acceptable to vegetarians.

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I'm making this appetizer for a dinner this Friday. It can be served hot or cold and can be made ahead:

Vegetable Squares
3 cups frozen shredded hash browns
1 cup grated carrot
1 tbsp minced onion flakes
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 large eggs, fork beaten
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dill weed
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Mix all ingredients in bowl, turn into greased 9X9" pan. Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes until set and browned.

If you're interested, I also have a recipe for samosas which are baked rather than fried with mashed potatoes used to make the dough for the crust. If you're going to have leftover mashed potatoes this could be a good way to use them.

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Ooh lots of tasty suggestions, thanks everyone. [Smile] I'm not quite sure what her stance is on eggs unfortunately. I'm sure she's fine with eggs mixed into a dish (like a cake made with eggs) but I'm not sure if she'd go for deviled eggs. Might not be a problem with the free-range eggs we buy though.

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Oh, I'm also making a really easy pasta salad with lots of veggies that's good to make ahead, as well. It's my staple potluck or open house dish and always goes over really well:

3 cups rotini pasta
water for boiling pasta
2 tsp salt

1 medium red pepper, slivered
2 cups zucchini with peel, slivered
1/4 cup sliced green onion
6 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup celery

1/3 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried whole oregano
1/4 tsp dried sweet basil
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Cook pasta in boiling water and first amount of salt for 10-12 minutes under tender but firm. Drain, rinse with cold water, drain well, and return to pot or large bowl.

Mix in next 5 ingredients.

Mix remaining 8 ingredients in measuring cup. Pour over pasta mixtures, stir to coat well.

I typically make this the night before or morning of the event and put it into a tightly covered bowl in the fridge so I can flip it partway through to redistribute any dressing that's accumulated at the bottom.

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Tabouli salad
Pasta salad
Any type of salad without a meat element
Couscous
Chopped veggies, fruits, crackers, chips, cheese, bread, dip...most appetizers I encounter don't contain meat.

Look up some tofu stir-fry or shish-kebob recipes online. Although it takes a while to drain and press regular tofu, you can also buy it in pre-grilled patties (try the Marjon brand of tofu). I chop it into squares and fry it in a bit of butter and soy sauce. You can then stick the squares on toothpicks, with cheese or olives or anything else to make a little shish-kebob appetizer. Tempeh can also be used instead of tofu.

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I get a soft mozzarella, slice it up, and layer with roma tomatoes. Drizzle with chopped basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

Serve with sliced baguette on the side.

Really easy!

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If your friend likes spicy food, salsa and chips would be good.

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Big pile of cubed feta and walnuts, drizzled with honey and served with crackers.

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I once ate Turkee Slices for Thanksgiving. Some may find this tacky, but I found it amazingly sweet and thoughtful for the hostess to think of buying them. I told her that as long as she had a couple of veggies as a side dish, I didn´t need anything extra. But the "Turkee Slices" were just a perfect complement.

So if you can find a veggie parallel to whatever your main dish is, it can be really cute to get it.

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Jenn, I'd love the samosas recipe, please. That sounds really delicious.

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Sure:

Samosas
Crust
2 cups mashed baking potatoes (baking potatoes are best because of their dry texture)
1 large egg, fork beaten
1.25 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

Filling
1.5 cups diced cooked potato (any kind of potato will do)
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (Indian chili powder)
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp salt

1 large egg, fork beaten

Crust: Mix all 4 ingredients in bowl to form soft ball of dough. Roll half of dough out on well-floured surface in 11X14" rectangle. Cut into 3.5 inch squares.

Filling: Mix first 7 ingredients in bowl. Spoon rounded tablespoonfuls onto one side of center in each square. Dampen two adjoining sides and fold over diagonally. Seal edges with floured fork.

Brush tops with egg and place on greased baking sheet at 400F for 14 to 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Yield: 24 samosas.

Variation: Omit brushing with egg and deep fry a few at a time in 375F cooking oil for 3.5 to 4 minutes until golden brown and remove to paper towels to drain.

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Well, you can't go wrong with a veggie platter (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, grape tomatoes) and a yogurt-based dip. Or a tray of sliced apples (green and red) and cheese cubes with caramel dip.

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quote:
Originally posted by VersesBatman:
If your friend likes spicy food, salsa and chips would be good.

And guacamole! I love guacamole.

Nick

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Guacamole is good! A meatless nacho platter is good too.

Also you could try Mexican red rice with peas and carrots.

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I'm a vegetarian, and one of my favorite things to make for parties is savory empanadas. Basically little flaky pastries filled with potato, carrot, onion, spinach, or whatever else I have. I've made them really small for appetizers because then they're great finger food, good hot or cold.They're vegan too. I can give you my recipe, or you could just Google someone else's.

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For general appetizers with a dip, plantain chips are a yummy alternative to oily potato chips or even nachos. I don't know if you'll be able to find them in Massachusetts, though.

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