SMOKED ALMOND CHERRY SPREAD
Fresh cherries, dairy free cream cheese, smoked almonds, Dijon mustard, Kalamata olives with saffron, or not, make this simply prepared spread look and taste more sophisticated and complex than it is! Why not impress somebody tonight? I am.
Steve says, “Remarkable; it’s like an exquisite ham salad with a delicious sweetness. I’d say it’s a home run”.
Makes 4-1/2 cups
MUSHROOM CHARDONNAY PATE
For Steve’s birthday I said I’d make anything he wanted – his own private stash all to himself. It didn’t take long to respond. MUSHROOM PATE! Then Mushroom Pate it was! He ate it plain, on sliced baguette, and even on a toasted ciabatta bun with pickle, mustard and sliced ripe, juicy tomato!
Next time make more!
Makes 1-3/4 cupsContinue reading →
IT’S PORK. IT’S HAM. NO IT’S PEANUT BUTTER AND PINEAPPLE!
You’ll definitely get feedback on this one. Tastes and textures like baked ham/pork. All animal-free of course! Reconstituted peanut butter, Coriander Pineapple Sauce, chopped crystalized ginger served on a RITZ cracker! It’s the combination of specific ingredients that creates the special effect!
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MUSHROOM PATE -GOAT
Fresh mushroom and sweet onion finely chopped and cooked with sweet Marsala wine till pate consistency. Seasoned with garlic and a touch of nutmeg. Served with dill cornichon pickles, Poupon Dijon mustard and sliced fresh French baguette!
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TOFU TASTE SENSATIONS
Contains the mellowed essence of all taste sensations in one healthy appetizer! Umami awaits your permission to indulge you!
Makes 6 appetizer platesContinue reading →
AFC CHICK LIVER PATE – GOAT
Creamy, mild, texturally fine grind, plant replica of chicken liver pate. Hit all the notes! Makes a lot, holds up well in the refrigerator! Served with assorted crackers, cranberry sauce, caramelized onion and mustard!
Makes 3 cups
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HOT ARTICHOKE ANTIPASTO DIP
Today we’re offering a heated dip, either broiled or microwaved, of marinated artichoke, sun-dried tomato, Kalamata olive, garlic and oregano in a dairy free cream cheese by Tofutti. Served with a gluten-free smokehouse almond NUT-THIN cracker!
Makes approx. 1-3/4 cup
AFC SCOTTISH PLAID DIP
When there’s not one thread or color that dominates the fabric we call it a plaid! The Animal-Free Chef feels free to extend that designation to food. There’s no one flavor that dominates the dip. Enjoy this Scottish plaid!
Makes 5 cups
SMOKY BEAN AND PEA DIP
A quick easy dip that can be made a couple days in advance of a special event – like a holiday? These potent flavors go well with crackers or tortilla chips. Low fat considering the yield!
Makes 3 cupsContinue reading →
COLLARD GREEN, OLIVE AND CAPER SPREAD
Tired of the same old spinach dips and spreads? Want something new, something different, that tastes like it came out of a Five Star Kitchen? You came to the right place – the only place!
Makes 2-2/3 cups
Do you think it’s time to put the whole world on a diet? I think so.
The world, the whole world, needs to stop eating animals.
Everybody – adults, children, and other animals too. We need to find a way to feed the carnivorous animals on the planet plant food. We can do it with the will.
We need to replace animal with plant.Continue reading →
AFC HORSERADISH SWEET POTATO SPREAD
When you have AFC Coral Horseradish Sauce on hand, this is a great appetizer to make with it. Pretty to look at, ultra creamy and perfectly balanced flavors. This can also be used as a sandwich spread for your veggie or burger sandwiches.
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Can also be used as a side dish vegetable when heated.
AFC RED TURKEY CHEESE TOFU SPREAD
AFC RED TURKEY CHEESE SAUCE mixed with tiny diced green pepper and Silken extra-firm tofu. Topped with chopped roasted pepper and served with whole wheat crackers. An eggy-white soft boiled texture with smokey high garlic overtones. Crisp lines meet sweet expressions of rightness! You are God after all!
Makes 2 cups
BROILED TOMATO CHEESE TRISCUITS
Hot cheese melting over fresh Roma tomato with the essence of herb permeating your senses making it feel like you’re eating a bite-size crispy mini pizza will delight your guests! Even when these morsels are no longer hot, your enjoyment won’t diminish! Don’t forget the napkins!
Makes 36 canapesContinue reading →
MEATLESS SAUSAGE AND MATZO PATE
A meaty flavored and textured animal-free pate. This pate served as fried sliders on Jewish rye cocktail bread with mustard, veg mayo and cilantro will have your guests singing at any holiday gathering!
Makes 4 cups
CHARRED BRUSSEL SPROUTS
Fresh steamed brussel sprouts charred in a little extra virgin olive oil. Tossed with garlic, smoked paprika, fresh grind sea salt and black pepper. Served with Ball Park Mustard mixed with a little veggie mayo! Serve as hors d’oeuvre or side dish vegetable. Low fat!
TOMATO NUT HUMMUS
A wonderful hummus. Yes, a tomato nut hummus. I make the rules in my kitchen. No beans in this dip. This is the most unfamiliar tasting recipe. The only things familiar are the flatbread and the fact that it’s a dip. Flavors, textures all new! Except that you won’t miss the lamb that generally accompanies the meal. Best to serve it hot though, or at least warm. Your guests will be returning for more, and more and…
Makes 4-3/4 cups
BOILED PISTACHIO NUTS – GOAT
Ever hear of boiled peanuts? Well, I had only pistachios on hand and I just decided to boil them, and WOWE! Thank you to whomever put that boiled peanut bug in my ear – long ago. If not for that, I never would have known this other pleasure! These are my mussels!
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4 T. extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 med. eggplant (a little more than 1 lb.), unpeeled, cut into 3/8 inch cubes (no larger)
salt and black pepper to taste
4 fresh Italian (Roma) tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 t. dried basil
1/4 t. dried oregano
1 t. smoked paprika
very light sprinkling red cayenne pepper
1 t. fresh lemon juice
1/2 c. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
salt and pepper
1 French baguette (long, narrow loaf French bread), thinly sliced and broiled on one side till golden, then brushed with extra virgin olive oil
additional smoked paprika
In large skillet, over low heat, heat oil. Add garlic, then cook till softened, being careful not to brown it. If you do brown it, it’s okay, as long as it isn’t burned.
Add eggplant cubes all at once. Salt and pepper, then stir to coat with oil. Raise heat to medium and keep stirring till eggplant begins to shrink a little. Cook 15 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally (much of eggplant will be soft at this point).
Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, smoked paprika, red cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Stir well, then cover and cook on low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust for salt as you cook. When done, eggplant and tomato will be very soft & mushy–like a spread.
If after 45 minutes there is still liquid in the skillet, raise heat back to medium or medium-high and cook, stirring often till all liquid evaporates and spread is as dry as possible.
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Add Tofutti Cream Cheese. Stir to completely incorporate, salt and pepper to taste, then cover and refrigerate till ready to serve.
Transfer spread to serving dish. Serve with slices of French baguette, broiled on one side, then brushed with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle entire presentation with a little smoked paprika.
Notes: Purchase ripe eggplant – one that gives in to pressure when squeezed. Cut into small cubes; large cubes will require longer cooking time and will not soften properly.
You only need 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice – any more will make it too acidic. The temptation is always to use more, or to use what you squeezed.
If taking this spread on a picnic where you’ll be grilling out, toast oiled baguette slices on grill for an added charred treat.
Although you can serve this immediately upon making it, it textures thicker and creamier when refrigerated a few hours before serving. Great both ways!
ROASTED RATATOUILLE ANTIPASTO
A really easy, flavorful antipasto that requires little effort or time!
Makes about 4 cups
PINEAPPLE BEAN SALSA SOUP – or dip
This is my gazpacho – upticked all the way to the moon and back. The longer it marinates, the more subtle the flavors. Some like the old, some like the new! Serve as a cold appetizer soup or a dip with tortilla chips!
Makes 9 cups
TOMATO WALNUT TAPENADE
Sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts and Kalamata olives are the center of this tomato based tapenade. Rich. Smooth but textured. Potent and subtle at the same time. A great tapenade for home entertainment or restaurant appetizer!
Makes 4-1/2 cups
THE BIG GAME DIP
This is a big dip for a big day. It makes a lot so you won’t run out. Bold and subtle flavors – crunchy, meaty and smooth textures – make this a perfect party dip for all tastes!
Makes 3-1/2 cups
Hot, spicy, salty, sweet, sour, acrid, tart means powerful. Serve as appetizer with toast points or French baguette, or with your favorite pasta and marinara sauce on the same dish so the juices can mingle. Heaven on a plate!
Makes 7 cups
BLACKENED CAULIFLOWER BUDS
Steamed cauliflower buds coated with a dry batter mix, then pan-fried with garlic till blackened. Served with a sweet onion mustard sauce! Perfect for restaurant or home!
Serves 2-4 as a first course (sit down to eat) appetizer
HORS D’OEUVRE PLATTER
Caponata Babaganoush and hummus spreads served with grilled pita triangles. Kalamata olives, capers and Pickled Roasted Yellow Peppers serve as accompaniments. Garnish it all with chopped fresh parsley, serve and listen to the raves!
Roasted eggplant combined with a mushroom, red wine and garlic reduction. Finished with toasted sesame seed, tomato and Gia Russa Balsamic glaze! Served with grilled pita bread and/or sliced French baguette and sides of capers and/or chopped Kalamata olive!
Makes 3-1/2 cups
CRANBERRY BLACK BEAN SALSA
Whole cranberry sauce, black beans and sweet mini peppers combined with chunky salsa, fresh cilantro and lemon. Served with white corn tortilla chips. Wow! My new favorite salsa!
Makes 4 cups
MUSHROOM AND BREAD PATE
A unique way of making, presenting and enjoying mushroom pate! By adding fresh Italian breadcrumbs to the mix, the glutenous nature of the bread, when left to set in the refrigerator overnight creates a pate you can slice with no detraction from the pate or its mushroom flavor!
Makes 2 small or 1 larger pate
MUSHROOM PATE SANDWICH SPREAD
Homemade mushroom pate with red wine, sweet onion, garlic and cracked pepper mixed with Silken tofu to create a delicious, creamy textured sandwich spread. Can also be served, minus the tofu, as a mushroom pate appetizer!
Makes 3 cups
GLUTEN-FREE SAFFRON SUN-DRIED TOMATO DIP
Sun-dried tomatoes, celery, raw onion and garlic, fresh lime, orange zest and saffron. Mixed with Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream. Garnished with celery leaves and paprika. Served with potato chips!
Makes 2 cups
COCKTAIL HORS D’OEUVRE SANDWICHES
A quick, easy, delicious, satisfying hors d’oeuvre sandwich. Made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, veggie salami, scallion and garlic. Spread on rye cocktail bread, cut into triangles!
Makes a little more than 1-½ cups spread, enough for 1 sleeve of cocktail bread
GLUTEN-FREE VEGGIE ‘SMOKED SALMON’ SPREAD
Made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, Greek olives, sun-dried tomatoes, soy bacon bits, capers, roasted peppers and horseradish. Yes, it takes and textures like smoked salmon!
Makes 1-1/4 cups
Kalamata olives, fresh garlic and onion processed till mealy, then combined with dairy-free cream cheese till smooth and mousse-like. Served with a ‘cutting board’ whole grain bread cut into chunks! Rustic and elegant – a perfect match!
Makes 2 cups
BLACK & WHITE BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES
Black and white fresh breadcrumbs mixed with cashew crumbles, garlic and lemon. Stuffed in pre-cooked fresh, whole artichokes and baked till steaming hot!
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SHARON’S ‘PEARL OYSTER’ STUFFED MUSHROOMS
Gourmet Pearl Oyster mushrooms combined with sauteed onion, celery, garlic and steamed eggplant. Mixed with fresh potato breadcrumbs, fine cashew crumbles, white wine and saffron. Stuffed into crimini and white button mushroom caps, baked till hot, then served with a saffron remoulade sauce!
Makes approx. 42 stuffed mushrooms – approx. 6 servings