September 18, 2011

Vegetarian Dinner Party

A few of Mike's classmates live in the same apartment complex as us, so they all decided to throw an "apartment hopping" dinner party last night. The idea was that each apartment would cook a different course (appetizers, entree, dessert) and everyone would hop to each apartment throughout the night. I was obviously excited at the prospect of cooking for people and even more excited to be assigned the entree course. Each apartment also had to have a signature drink or cocktail for everyone.

We didn't even plan to have all vegetarian food, but our choices for a "tapas" style entree turned into all vegetarian dishes. We thought there would be a lot of food throughout the night, so we wanted to keep whatever we made to a smaller scale, but still delicious.

We started with a selection of dips, including hummus, black olive tapenade and eggplant capanata. I made the eggplant dip earlier in the week and knew it would be perfect for a party. It's similar to an antipasta dip and includes eggplant, celery, onions, olives, capers, pine nuts and raisins (recipe from Canadian Living). The olive tapenade is black olives, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic blended together.

The main feature of our "entree" was quinoa veggie burger sliders. Again, I made these earlier in the week as a meal and thought they would be great on mini ciabatta slider buns (recipe from Chatelaine).
These make a great vegetarian meal and the quinoa and veggies mixed together form quite a substantial "burger."

Cook the quinoa using a 2:1 ratio (2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa). Grate celery, zucchini, carrot and add it to a pan with minced shallots and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes until browned. Add cornstarch and eggs and form into patties. Then pan fry for about 3-4 minutes a side until golden brown.

 We put out some homemade corn relish, honey mustard and cottage cheese for people to put on the sliders. They were a big hit and looked great on my cupcake holder from Ikea.

Our signature drink was a tea fusion of earl grey tea, blueberry juice and SoCo (lychee liquor). I didn't end up getting a picture of the table set up with all the food, as it was eaten so quickly, but you get the idea.

The party turned into more of a potluck, as some people just brought things over, but we all managed to hop to three different apartments during the night. It was a fun night and a neat idea for a dinner party.


  1. Hi there! I'm Melissa from Food Bloggers of Canada and I just stopped by to check out your blog and let you know we added you to our member directory. Welcome aboard!
    This sounds like such a fun way to have a party and I love the twist on the sliders!

  2. Hi Melissa! Thanks for the welcome. I am looking forward to being a part of Food Bloggers of Canada :)


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