(Family Features) Reconnecting with family and friends over the holidays means food takes center stage. Perhaps nothing says “happy holidays” quite like a plate of seasonal appetizers. Make your traditional recipes extra special this year with a plant-based twist that starts with cheese.
Holiday plant-based cheese dishes combine cheesiness that people love with fresh vegetables so your hors d’oeurve tray can be enjoyed by everyone no matter their lifestyle or dietary needs. Start holiday eating with a batch of Vegan Brussels Sprouts Fritters stuffed with melty, creamy plant-based cheddar cheese for a delicious bite of seasonal comfort.
Try the full range of Violife vegan cheeses to bring these party starters to life. There is no sacrificing taste to enjoy delectable holiday recipes made with melty, stretchy, and flavorful vegan cheese. These cheeses are free from dairy, soy, nuts, gluten, preservatives, and lactose and are non-GMO. They are made with plant-based ingredients and come in a variety of savory shreds, smokey slices, wedges, blocks, or as a cream cheese alternative. Plus, these vegan cheeses are perfect for including in plant-forward holiday spreads and starting new holiday traditions.
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Vegan Brussels Sprouts Fritters
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
35 ounces Brussels sprouts
3 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 flax egg (2 tablespoons flax and 2 tablespoons water)
1 pack Violife Just Like Cheddar Shreds
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
mint, roughly chopped
Wash Brussels sprouts and finely slice. Place in a bowl with green onions.
In a separate bowl, whisk flour, salt, black pepper, pink pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
Add dry ingredients and flax egg to Brussels sprouts mixture then add cheddar shreds. Mix well and let rest in refrigerator 10 minutes.
In a frying pan, heat olive oil. Use hands to make one patty with 2 tablespoons of mixture.
Shallow fry for 4 minutes on each side. Remove and place on a plate with paper towels to drain excess oil. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Garnish with mint.