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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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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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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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.