I had a request on my Facebook page from my lovely friend Kate who asked for finger/party food. I thought this was a perfect idea, not only for anyone looking for ideas for what to take to a potluck, but also for people who may be entertaining a larger crowd and want to offer vegan treats so no one is left out! These are just three little ideas I came up with but I would also suggest my beetroot and walnut pate and these vegan brownies!
These gorgeous lil’ ones are my tofu and mushroom mini pies!
Everybody loves Sushi!! Oh and these are ultra simple and healthy
And for something sweet…may I introduce to you, my mousse pies! (No moose were harmed in the making)
For the tofu and mushroom pies:
- 1 block firm tofu, cut into little cubes
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 2 Tablespoons plain flour
- 1 Package puff pastry (you’ll use this for mousse pies also)
- 250g brown mushrooms, chopped roughly
- 1 onion, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- 1 large bunch of both fresh dill and parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup soy cream
Pre-heat the oven to 400°F/204°C/gas mark 6. Heat a little oil in a medium to large pan and saute onions on medium heat until softened. Add the tofu and fry until lightly browned. Now add in the mushrooms, garlic and herbs, stir well. Sprinkle over the flour and combine. Now pour in just enough water to cover tofu and mushrooms. Simmer for about 8 -10 minutes so everything thickens up.
In the meantime, roll out your pastry and using a pint glass, cut circles out to place in your muffin or mini pie trays. Cut out extra and leave aside for the tops.
Once the mixture is done, allow it to cool for 10 minutes and then drop a few spoonfuls into each of the prepared pastry cups. Now cover each with the other pastry circles you cut and seal the edges with a fork. Pierce the centre of each and brush a little almond milk over them. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until they are golden and puffy! They will look like this!
Now the sushi:
- 1 pack of nori sheets
- 1 avocado
- 1 cucumber
- 2 cups cooked brown rice (But DO NOT rinse the rice after cooking) sorry, that was aggressive. But if you rinse it, it will not stick to the nori. 🙂
- Sesame seeds (optional)
- Wasabi and soy sauce for serving
Place your nori sheet on a large chopping board, shiny side down. Cover two-thirds of the sheet with the cooked rice, leaving a little space at the front, and the back. Now lay along the front of the rice long strips of the avocado, cucumber and then sprinkle with seeds.
I’m a rebel so I don’t use a sushi mat. You can, but I really think it’s easier without. With your thumbs underneath the nori and your fingers on the cucumber and avocado, start rolling up the sushi away from you. Squeeze with your hands so the rice sticks. When you get to the end, wet the edge of the sushi and finish the roll by pressing gently onto that wet edge. Cut with a sharp knife and serve with soy sauce and wasabi!
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 recipe of my chocolate pie filling.
- Berries of choice and a sprinkle of icing sugar for decoration
Just as I mentioned above for the pies, you will roll out the pastry and cut circles out with a pint glass. Press these into a muffin tray and fork the centre of each gently. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400°F/204°C/gas mark 6 for 8-10 minutes or until they are puffed up. Allow to cool and then fill each one with the chocolate filling and decorate with a berry and some sifted icing sugar.
So simple and sooo delicious! YUM!
Excuse me while I go and stuff myself! nom nom nom…