Hands down the best part of the holidays are the parties and the food. Getting together with friends and family while the appetizers are passed around or strewn about the house has a cozy, warm and holiday feeling to it. It’s the time we give caution to the wind and indulge, concluding that “eat, drink, and be merry” is the tone of the night and so we must eat, drink, and be merry! Tis the season, right? This season of charcuterie boards and appetizers stuffed or swimming in cheese used to be hard to navigate for vegans, but things are much easier and tastier these days. If you’re throwing your own holiday party or headed to friends here are some vegan snacks to make all your holiday party eats just as indulging as those noshing on cheeses galore.
Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach Artichoke dip is a crowd favorite and you can easily make a vegan version for your friends to enjoy. This quick recipe calls for frozen spinach, jarred artichokes and vegan cream cheese for that creamy texture that is oh so good. Serve with baguette slices or garlic pita chips.
This flavorful flatbread will be a hit and looks great as a centerpiece. Roll out a store-bought pizza dough and top with tahini, sliced tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes, and finish with fresh herbs. Throw it into the oven and within minutes you’ll have a tasty dish for guests to enjoy.
Vegan Charcuterie Board
No holiday party is complete without an eye-catching charcuterie board. Start with a vegan cheese wheel in a flavor like double cream chive or herbs de Provence. You’ll also want some block cheese for quick bites, and a spreadable version in a flavor like herb garlic, cracked pepper or scallion. Finish the tray by filling in the gaps with fresh veggies, dried fruits, nuts, olives and lots of crackers.
A staple at any holiday gathering, try offering several versions such as black bean, spicy white bean, roasted red pepper or pesto. Adding options alongside the classic flavor instantly takes hummus from Tuesday night snack to holiday party-worthy dips.