Make Tofutti part of your seasonal spread for entertaining

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pesto_dip’Tis the season for entertaining, which means welcoming friends and family members into your home and catering to their food allergies and dietary restrictions.

When it comes to easy-to-prepare, crowd-pleasing, dairy-free appetizers that all your guests can enjoy, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese always comes in handy.

That’s because the lactose-free cream cheese substitute is versatile, and just as tasty as the real deal. Spread Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese on bite-sized pieces of toast with your favourite garnishes, or use it as a base for a delicious dip.

In fact, with the following recipes at your fingertips, you can whip up appetizers to pair with your favourite festive beverages in no time. Not only will your dairy-free company be delighted, but also, with Tofutti as part of your seasonal spread, all your guests will be reaching for another bite.

Quick pesto dip

With pesto and roasted red peppers as main ingredients, this easy-to-make dip boasts gourmet flavours your guests will love!

Ingredients:

1 container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

4 tbsp. fresh basil, washed and chopped

3 tbsp. toasted pine nuts

2 tbsp. roasted red peppers

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

¼ tsp. garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Using a hand blender, process the ingredients until the mixture is the desired consistency. Serve the dip with fresh vegetables, crackers or pita chips.

Sweet chili spread

If you’re in a pinch for time, it doesn’t get easier than this sweet and spicy appetizer, which takes few ingredients and mere minutes to put together.

Ingredients:

1 container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

2-3 tbsp. store-bought sweet chili sauce

Assorted crackers

Directions:

Mould the cream cheese substitute in a ramekin, and flip over onto a tray before serving. Top with the chili sauce, and serve with your favourite assortment of crackers.

Smoked salmon bites

Here’s an elegant way to welcome folks into your home that requires minimal preparation time for maximum results — big flavour and mass appeal!

Ingredients:

1 package smoked salmon

Pumpernickel crackers

Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

1 jar capers

1 red onion, finely diced

Fresh dill sprigs

Directions:

Spread Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese on the crackers. Top each cracker with a morsel of smoked salmon, a sprinkle of diced onion and dill, and two or three capers. Arrange on a platter, and serve.

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