The Holidays are upon us. Cleaning house, preparing for visits, grocery shopping and making plans with friends. My BFF Becky and I host a holiday cookie exchange for friends we’ve had for years. It’s the official start of the Christmas season for most of us and we look forward to getting together for yummy food, good times and cookies. Becky and I always get together about this time to finalize our menu, mimosa flavor and decor. Planning the cookie party is fun, and planning always goes better with a bit of snackage. I already have most of my Thanksgiving groceries, so decided to Google around for appetizers that would use those items. Score! I found two different roasted appetizers that both used a lemon-garlic aioli as a dipping sauce! Lucky. They both roast around the same temperature and for approximately the same time. Perfect. I made a half batch of everything and plated it together. Sweet Potatoes with “Sausage” Bites, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. So pretty. So yummy!
Here’s what I used to make a snack for two BFFs. Easy-peasy to double or even triple and use separate pans for the sprouts and potatoes.
- 1/2 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 32-1/2 pieces (I only needed half of this huge potato!)
- 3 vegan breakfast sausage links, microwaved according to the package, cut into 18 pieces (you’ll have couple left over pieces)
- 14 small Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and cut in halve or quarters, depending on the size of the sprout
- spray oil
- salt and pepper
- decorative picks
For the Aioli:
- 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
- zest and juice of 1 small lemon–approx 1/2 tsp zest, 1 1/2 TBSP juice
- 1 TBSP finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/8 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 425F. Line a pan with parchment paper or a silpat.
Prepare sweet potatoes and sprouts. Spread on the pan allowing for space in between the pieces. Spray lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix around with your hands to coat veggies with oil and seasoning.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time, until potatoes are tender and sprouts are caramelized on at least one side.
While veggies roast, make the Lemon-Garlic Aioli. In a small bowl, combine mayo, zest and juice, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.
Whisk until smooth, cover and refrigerate until veggies are ready.
When veggies are roasted, allow them to cool slightly on the pan while you microwave the sausages. Transfer sprouts to a serving dish.
Assemble the Sweet Potato and Sausage Bites. Using a decorative pick, pick up a sweet potato square, then a sausage piece and then another sweet potato.
Place Sweet Potato Bites standing up on the serving dish. Place the aioli on or near the dish and garnish with parsley if you like.
Place out for your friends and enjoy the flavors of Thanksgiving! The sprouts, sweet potatoes and garlic really complimented each other, and the aioli kept everything fresh and light tasting. Overall a success! I made half of the original aioli recipe and still had lots leftover; it would have been plenty for twice or three times the veggies.
How did the party planning go? Wonderfully. Between us, Becky and I always seem to come up with a perfect combo of food, drink and decor. This year’s theme is red and green, and we’re planning a casual buffet service instead of our usual plated brunch. We just know it will be fabulous, because as always, the party is spiced with friends we’ve had “forever.” Here’s a look at last year’s party to give you an idea.
What are your Holiday traditions?