Gourmet Vegan Appetizers and Hors D'oeuvres

Everyone loves a quick and easy vegetarian chili cheese dip, but sometimes your night needs a touch more sophistication. Here are some more elegant alternatives to your typical vegetarian and vegan appetizers and hors-d'oeuvres.

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    Simple Vegan Bruschetta

    Easy vegan bruschetta
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    Forego the cheese people often use to make basic bruschetta and go vegan by using fresh ripe tomatoes and basil drizzled in olive oil. Add a bit of cracked pepper and artisanal salt to further tantalize your taste buds. 

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    Herbed Vegetarian Mushroom Pate

    Mushroom pate canape
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    Nothing says "classy" quite like a pate, so try making this vegetarian version using fresh mushrooms and plenty of fresh herbs for flavor. This dish is best chilled before serving with sliced French bread or whole grain crackers.
    See also: Vegan Walnut and Mushroom Pate

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    Garbanzo Bean and Pesto Dip

    Vegetarian bean dip with pesto
    Vegetarian bean dip with pesto

    Add a bit of kick to traditional bean dip by using garbanzo beans and adding a prepared pesto sauce. Serve with toasted pita chips or spread on crackers.
    See also: Sun-dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Bean Dip

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    Savory Stuffed "Sausage" Mushrooms

    Close-Up of Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
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    Stuffed mushrooms always have a place on the appetizer platter, and when making a meatless array, this recipe fills in nicely. Vegetarian sausage is pan-fried with onions, peppers and fresh parsley then stuffed into oven-roasted mushroom caps for a delightful and savory finger food.