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Pizza Pinwheels and a Vegan Super Bowl Party Menu

IMG_0173 Why, Hello, Friends!

It’s that time of year again. The Super Bowl.

I’m not really a fan of big burly men chasing each other around on a grassy field in an effort to get a few moments with a pigskin. Sounds ludicrous, right? (That’s because it is.)

In all reality, though, the sport of football is quite entertaining to watch–especially if your name is Jonathan. That’s my husband. He loves watching football, but doesn’t actually watch it all that much since he is so busy being a student, husband, and daddy to this little munchkin (who went to the park a few days ago).

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I must admit, however, that even I am somewhat fascinated with this year’s Super Bowl. Two brother coaches going head to head? Now this could be interesting. Maybe there will be more sportsmanship exhibited by the players, since they know there is “family” involved. I’m not getting my hopes up….

In any event, even if I don’t watch this year’s Super Bowl game, you can know for a fact that I am going to be taking advantage of any excuse to celebrate by stuffing my face with vegan treats.

Today, I bring to you my Vegan Super Bowl Party Menu (which is translated: “What I would serve if I were hosting a Super Bowl party this year.”)

1. Virgin Pina Coladas–I’m loving this recipe from Eating Well for a fabulous drink to wow your guests. I’m going to be making this, even if I don’t have any guests. Hah.

2. Pizza Pinwheels–Made from crispy puff pastry, and filled with your favorite vegan pizza toppings, these are sure to have your crowd going wild. Of course, the recipe is at the bottom of this post. Make sure you read the ingredients list on your puff pastry, as some of them are made with butter.

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3. Southwestern Black Bean Salad–This recipe is quick, easy, and party-perfect, especially when served with chips.

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4. Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

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5. Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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6. Baked Tofu Bites

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7. Lime Cupcakes

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8. Glazed Orange Almond Cookies

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Need a dip to go with your vegetable platter? Try this eggplant themed hummus from Susan Voisin at Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

Wanna try some vegan chicken nuggets for game day? Try this recipe from another Lindsay at the HappyHerbivore.

I hope you have a fabulous week!

“Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.” Proverbs 23:17, King James Version

 

Pizza Pinwheels

Serves 22-24
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 22 minutes
Total time 37 minutes
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Bread, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets vegan puff pastry (I use Pepperidge Farms, but Aussie Bakery also makes a vegan variety)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup mushroom (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 carton Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • 2/3 cups olives (halved lengthwise and sliced)
  • 2 scallions (finely chopped, optional)
  • your favorite pizza toppings (optional)

Directions

Step 1
Begin by taking your puff pastry sheets out of the freezer and placing them in the refrigerator for several hours.
Step 2
Heat your olive oil in a pan on the stove on medium to medium/high heat, and saute your mushrooms and onions until mushrooms are soft and all the excess water has evaporated. Add Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese to your mushroom mixture and remove from heat only after cream cheese has begun to soften.
Step 3
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4
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Unwrap your first sheet of puff pastry onto a floured surface. Don't roll it out, just press out any wrinkles with your fingers. Spread about 1/2 of your mushroom/cream cheese mixture evenly on to your puff pastry. On top of that, spread about 3 1/2 tablespoons of pizza sauce. Sprinkle half of your chopped olives and scallions (or other favorite toppings), and roll up your puff pastry as tightly as possible without losing any of your toppings out the sides. This part can get messy. That's okay. :)
Step 5
Once you have created a nice log with your puff pastry, use a sharp serrated knife to slice 3/4 inch thick rolls off of your log. Place rolls cut side up on to a prepared baking sheet. (I use a non-stick pan liner, and it works great.) These pinwheels do expand some while being baked, so you won't want to try to fit more than 12 on a standard-sized baking sheet.
Step 6
At this point, you can either set your first baking sheet aside and prepare your second sheet of puff pastry (by repeating steps 4 and 5), then baking both baking sheets together, or you can go ahead and start baking your first sheet of pinwheels separately. I find that the pinwheels bake more evenly in my oven when I bake one sheet at a time.
Step 7
Whichever option you choose, you'll want to bake these puppies at 350 degrees F for about 22 minutes, or until the puff pastry is just barely starting to turn golden brown on the edges.
Step 8
To store, you can place the pinwheels in an airtight container and leave at room temperature for up to 48 hours, or place in the refrigerator for up to a week. (They will probably be eaten long before then, though.)

If you are making these for guests, they are best if baked just prior to serving. I haven't tried this, but I imagine you could prepare your pinwheels and place them on baking sheets the night before, and refrigerate until the day of your party. If you try this out, let me know how it works for you.
Step 9
Enjoy! :)

 

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  • Mrs. Herb February 1, 2013, 8:49 am

    Can’t go wrong with puff pastry!

    Precious “munchkin” by the way!!!

    Have a fun SuperBowl weekend – at least maybe a few commercials will be good?

    Reply
    • Lindsay February 1, 2013, 1:57 pm

      Love Super Bowl commercials! …most of them, anyway..;)

      Reply
  • Jennifer February 1, 2013, 5:30 pm

    Isn’t puff pastry made with butter…?

    Reply
    • Lindsay February 1, 2013, 6:27 pm

      It depends on the type that you use. Pepperidge Farms, as far as I know, doesn’t.

      Reply
      • Lindsay February 1, 2013, 6:31 pm

        I’ve also seen good reviews from a puff pastry that is advertised as vegan made by Aussie Bakery in Seattle. That type is sold at Whole Foods.

        Reply

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