Five Vegetarian Appetizer Recipes for Holiday Parties

When you attend a holiday party most people are mingling and eating finger foods. If you are a vegetarian, the selection of treats may be slim to none. The next time you throw a party, serve some smashing meat-free appetizers that friends won’t be able to tell are vegetarian.

If you have vegetarian friends, try to provide an even proportion of meat and meatless appetizers for everyone to enjoy. Sometimes it only takes a few adjustments to an existing recipe to bring it into compliance with the vegetarian lifestyle.

Try the following five ideas if you are at a loss for what to prepare:

1. Hummus

This is a Middle Eastern dish that has gained popularity in the west. The base for hummus is ground-up chickpeas. They are mixed with garlic, tahini (sesame paste used for seasoning), lemon juice, olive oil and salt.

Depending on your tastes, you can add sun-dried tomatoes to the puree and as a garnish, parsley and other herbs to change the flavor. Serve hummus with pita bread triangles (toasted or untoasted) or tortilla chips.

2. Antipasto

This is an Italian dish that is light and fun to eat. Most of the time it includes some sort of meat like salami or pepperoni, but you can change that for a vegetarian feel.

Use a large platter for serving and cut your foods up into bite-sized pieces for easy snacking. Here are a few suggestions: olives, tomato wedges, green beans, broccoli, provolone, feta cheese, onion, peppers, roasted garlic, toasted pita slices, baguettes or Melba toast. Drizzle with olive oil and a selection of herbs.

3. Salsa dip

This one can be poured straight out of the jar or made fresh at home. Add some cubes of cheese for a creamier taste. Serve with tortilla chips, green pepper sticks and grape tomatoes.

4. Sweet potato fries

These are less greasy than regular white potato fries. Cut a sweet potato into long, thin strips much like French fries. If you have a fancy cutter, then turn them into crinkle cut sweet potatoes.

Bake them in the oven until crispy and then top with spray butter and a touch of cinnamon and sugar. They can be eaten alone or with a vegetable dip.

5. Loaded nachos

These are great for bowl game parties as well as holiday ones. Layer your nachos on the bottom of a pan. Cover them with a layer of shredded cheddar and asiago cheeses. Top that with banana pepper slices and jalapeno slices. Add some black beans and more cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and add diced tomatoes, olives and sour cream.

Every dish at the party doesn’t have to contain meat. Vegetarian dishes are full of flavor as well and they aren’t just for vegetarians – but they will thank you.

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