What gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan small bites/snacks/desserts can I make for a party this weekend in an underequipped kitchen (no oven, mixer, etc.)?
My kitchen is very limited--no oven, food processor, mixer; minimal bowls, etc.--and I want to make some easy gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan snacks for a Hanukkah/housewarming party. Help please?
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Every single recipe I've tried from this site is amazing. I'm sure you will find things to make.
Hummus: can chick peas, drained. Drizzle sesame oil (optional). Garlic (to taste). Salt (to taste). Pure or blitz until smooth, adding olive oil as needed for texture to make smooth paste. Tahini optional (but I usually leave it out as it can trigger allergies). But how to make it without a blitzer? Got a potato masher? Once I made this by combining the ingredients, then mashing the heck out of it with the back of a wooden spoon. Took about 30 min, but was this most delicious textured dip.
Have a gander at the justbento site: http://justbento.com/recipes Most of these can be easily made a head of time, travel well and are good at room temp. She labels the ones that are vegan appropriate.
My personal holiday favourite for this time of year is severely bowls of nuts (so long as no nut allergies) in shell with nutcracker, dried fruits, tiny oranges, dates, figs, &c. It's surprising how well this can satisfy and fill up a crowd. You might have to eat a few in front of the other guests so that they know it's food and not just display.
A couple on this site that have caught my eye:
https://food52.com/recipes/15317-orange-blossom-candied-cranberries (may not be vegan with the sugar - but looks delicious and could be coated in something like coconut instead of sugar)
I've never had a Hanukkah, but I always associate it with fried foods(which is stove top and good for someone without an oven) - perhaps you could make miniature versions of some of the more popular dishes as finger food? This looks vegan: https://food52.com/recipes/32569-sweet-potato-latkes-with-wilted-fenugreek-greens . I don't know if sweet potato or yams have gluten in them though.
Let us know what you make.
Just one word of caution, some dates are coated with sugar which most vegans won't eat due to animal products used in the processing. Best to buy dates with an ingredients list (ie, not bulk bin) so you can be sure they are unsweetened.
For an easy to dessert you can make these raw coconut cookies:
3 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
2 cups almond flour
3/4 cup cocoa power, sieved to break up any lumps
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional, but really nice)
2 tablespoons vanilla
1/2 cup maple syrup
Scant 1/2 cup coconut oil
Mix the coconut, almond flour, cocoa, salt and espresso powder together in a large bowl. Combine the maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla in a small bowl then stir into the dry ingredients. Roll spoonfuls of the mixture into truffle sized cookies - makes about 3 dozen. Store in the refrigerator.