Mexican chocolate nachos Credit: Paradise Kitchen Bali
See how your guests react to this beautifully presented “calamari” made from coconuts! Coconut can mimics the texture of the classic calamari when boiled and then fried. This has so much wow factor that it is worth a try.
Hot and sour coconut calamari Credit: Paradise Kitchen Bali
and are also great appetisers, especially if there are children. The fritters are super crispy, while the sausage rolls cleverly replicate the meaty texture and flavour of classic meat-based sausage rolls.
Tomato gnocchi Credit: Paradise Kitchen Bali
This vegan take on carbonara makes ‘bacon’ out of mushrooms, baking them crisp in the oven, while the silken tofu and cashew nuts give rise to the creamy sauce.
Carbonara with shiitake bacon Credit: Paradise Kitchen Bali
If you have the barbecue running, mushrooms are a great ingredient to grill.
Lion’s mane mushrooms can mimic the texture and flavour of a steak when marinated and lightly seared, while oyster mushrooms when threaded onto skewers, make great satay.
This vegetarian pho is super easy to make, with toasted spices and charred aromatics. Camilleri says to focus on the broth and to play around with the toppings, whether they are blanched vegetables, tofu puffs or something else.
Pho Credit: Paradise Kitchen Bali
And don’t forget dessert!
Raw tiramisu cake Credit: Paradise Kitchen Bali
You are never too old for cupcakes, especially if they are fully plant-based. The cake gets its fluffiness from the coconut flour, tapioca flour and almond meal. Decorating the cupcakes together can be a fun way to entertain your guests, especially if there are children.
A meat-free dinner party isn’t just about what’s absent from the table. Rather, it is a celebration of the abundance of flavours, colours, and textures that the plant kingdom can offer.
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