No party is complete without appetizers! But what if you’re meat, egg and dairy-free? Vegans like to party too! I’ve got you covered. These 15 vegan appetizers are sure to please vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike.
With the holiday season in full swing, I think it’s safe to say we’re all gearing up to do our fair share of partying. But parties aren’t much fun if there’s nothing for you to eat!
My solution: bring some vegan food along. Or better yet: host a holiday shindig of your own. That way you’ll know there’s plenty of vegan food to be had.
Appetizers are where it’s at when it comes to party time. Frankly, I’ve been known to make an entire meal of appetizers at many-a-celebration in the past. Fortunately, vegan appetizers are some of the best ones around. I know — I’ve served most of the dishes on this list to omnivorous friends and family, always to glowing reviews.
So don’t hold back! Whether you’re hosting or a guest, whip up a few of these scrumptious vegan appetizers, and get ready for everyone to ask you for the recipe.
These little puffs are seriously delicious and are great for prepping in advance! Just make the filling, assemble the puffs in a muffin tin, and then cover and chill. When you’re ready, pop them into the oven and bake to flaky perfection. Recipe here.
I’ve fed this one to non-vegan friends and family members on multiple occasions without ever mentioning it’s vegan. It always gets devoured! Recipe here.
Don’t be fooled by the title of this one: these suckers are baked, but just as delicious and satisfying as their fried counterparts. Recipe here.
Any old hummus is great. But if it’s not doing it for you anymore or you’re just looking to switch things up, give this extra thick, creamy, sweet and smoky variation a try! Recipe here.
Put your self-restraint hat on before even attempting to make these little fritters. They are super indulgent and seriously addictive! Recipe here.
Vegan fondue may sound really ambitious, but it’s actually pretty darn easy to make! This cashew-based dip is simpler and more foolproof than dairy-based fondue! Recipe here.
Making latkes without eggs can be a challenge. I know: I’ve failed so many times! But this sweet potato latke recipe uses a mix of commercial egg replacer, rice flour and chia seeds, and the latkes hold together like champs! Recipe here.
These pan-fried little dumplings make perfect vegan finger food! Tip: read the ingredients to make sure your dumpling wrappers are vegan — not all brands are. Recipe here.
Give me some of your tots. Get used to it, because it’s all you’re going to hear once you serve up a batch of these sweet and savory vegan tots. Recipe here.
Move over hummus, there’s a new mediterranean dip in town! This creamy muhammara is made with zippy roasted red peppers and walnuts. Grab some pita wedges and dig in! Recipe here.
These little vegan appetizers are always a hit! With smoky tempeh bacon, crispy panko breadcrumbs, and cashew cream cheese, you’d probably never guess they were meat and dairy-free. Recipe here.
Veggie sushi is a wonderful thing, but the usual cucumber, avocado and carrot rolls can get a little boring. Sweet potato to the rescue! Roasted sweet potato chunks make a surprisingly delicious sushi stuffer. Recipe here.
Ooey, gooey homemade cashew mozzarella cheese is sliced into sticks, batter dipped, and fried to crispy deliciousness to make these scrumptious little bites. Perfect with a big bowl of marinara sauce for dipping! Recipe here.
That’s nacho sweet potato cheese! But it’s okay, because I’m willing to share mine! Ahem, sorry. Did you get that? In any event, this is in fact 100% vegan nacho cheese made from sweet potatoes. And it’s seriously good stuff! Recipe here.
What makes these tempura veggies easy? No deep-frying! I didn’t say no frying: just no submerging anything in a deep vat of hot oil. This tempura recipe uses shallow frying, and it’s a total game changer! Recipe here.
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