Christmas Party Season

I don’t know if there are any other vegans on this forum, but if there are, then you know how hard the Christmas season can be. With Christmas parties and dinners and New Year’s, lot’s of nonveg friendly foods abound. One rule of thumb, I always bring a dish to every party that I go to. For one, you will appear to be a gracious guest and two, you will ensure that there is something that you can eat at the party. I commonly like to bring something that can serve as a main dish when served up with bread, veggies, salad, etc., but can also be eaten as a snack food. One of my favorites is spinach pie. You can make little individual pies with hummus dip on the side and this will fill you up, but other guests can have one or two as an appetizer.

Spinach Pie
1 box Phyllo Pastry
2 large bags Fresh Spinach
1 Yellow Onion
4 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Arabic Seven Spice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, saute onion and seven spice in olive oil for about 4-5 minutes. Add spinach in small batches and saute until spinach is wilted. Lay out phyllo pastry and cut into 6"X6" squares. Brush each square with olive oil and place 4 squares into individual cups inside a muffin tin. Fill each cup with spinach mixture and then fold phyllo over the top. Place in oven and cook for about 20 minutes, until the phyllo begins to crisp and become light brown.

Hummus
2 cans chickpeas
1 8 oz can tahini
1/4 cup olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Arabic Seven Spice

Mash garlic with salt, using the edge of a knife and make into a paste. Place all ingredients, including garlic into a blender and blend until smooth. You will probably have to stop and scrape the sides several times. Pour mixture into a bowl and serve with spinach pies, pita bread and fresh cut vegetables.

Okay, now I am hungry for spinach pie and hummus. I think I will make some for Christmas.