It’s a common perception that vegan food is bland. Prove this idea wrong at your next potluck.
To ensure your vegan treats are a fan favorite, there are four things to consider.
Add color to your dish. We eat with our eyes first. A recent study shows that specific colors such as red, yellow, and green entice the mind to eat more as it deems the food to be healthy. So ensure that you have color and contrast in your treats.
Create a burst of flavor. You want to ensure your dishes all have a well-balanced flavor. You don't want your dish to skew too much on one side, such as being overly sweet. You can do this by adding different spices, fresh ingredients, and citrus.
Create treats from different cultures. This creates an exotic atmosphere and your guests sample treats from all over the world. This cheat sheet will help you develop finger-licking vegan treats that will allow each guest to experience the delicacies of different Mediterranean cultures.
The last thing to consider is to make them small bite-sized portions that are easy for the guests to handle. Psychology shows that people are more likely to enjoy bite-sized treats as they feel they will not compromise their diet.
At Layla’s Delicacies, we create tantalizing vegan treats that ensure a stress-free and delicious experience for everyone.
Our treats are handmade with love and contain zero animal products.
Here is what one happy customer had to say:
“Another exquisite product
From the ingredients to the packaging, everything in this limited edition is superb. A real treat.”
Our years of experience ensure that these vegan treats are delicious and memorable.
1 — Baklava Pistachio
This treat is a cultural trip for your palette.
A favorite of the ruling Sultan of the Topkapi Palace, he would offer it as a gift to his soldiers during Ramadan.
This treat is so famous that it has a day—November 17th—to commemorate it!
What makes our baklava pistachio a potluck favorite is that it comes in small bite sizes for easy handling, and gives a decadent burst of flavor and texture with its crushed almonds, pistachios, cinnamon, and homemade syrup.
It’s a beautiful contrast of color between the filo dough and the nuts that carries a rich Mediterranean cultural heritage with it.
2 — Baked Vegan Makroud
The Makroud is a decadent almond cookie from North Africa that beautifully combines the taste of different nuts and cereals from the region—and are gluten-free.
You can use grated beetroot for that rich red color to make the treat more colorful.
The use of nutmeg, cane sugar, salt, and roasted almonds gives it a sweet but gentle flavor that will leave your taste buds hoping for more.
3 — Griwech
The Griwech, is a simple and elegant Algerian pastry made of differently shaped fried dough, glazed with orange blossom.
This treat has a crunchy golden-brown exterior with a chewy and soft interior, with a heavenly burst of orange blossom flavor all in a single bite.
This pastry originates from the Algerian cities of Tlemcen and Oran, and served during weddings, celebrations, and Ramadhan.
To make it even more appealing to the eye, you can play around with the shapes that you create from the dough.
4 — Samsa Pistachio
The samsa is traditionally an almond-based Tunisian treat that we, at Layla’s Delicacies, make with pistachios.
It is a delicious mix of hazelnut, almonds, sesame paste, and pistachio.
We add lemon for a beautiful contrast to ensure the pastry is not too sweet, and green pistachios that coat the thin and flaky filo dough for a beautiful and colorful plate.
5 — Ghoribas (Moroccan Vegan Cookies)
Moroccan ghoribas are amazingly crumbly and sandy-textured delights that go great with a cup of coffee and are a great addition to the dessert menu at a potluck.
Ghoribas is a flavor explosion that combines cinnamon, lemon zest, orange, and almondsfor a bold Moroccan flavor. Its beautiful baked-brown color will give your eyes a feast as well.
A Tip to Help You Have an Easier Time
One of the biggest challenges when hosting a potluck is figuring out how to create a dish that everyone will enjoy.
So, here are are some questions you can ask yourself so you have an easier time deciding on the vegan dish:
- What’s one vegan dish you constantly find yourself ordering at the restaurant?
- What are some of the ingredients you look for in a treat that make it memorable for you?
- What is the one vegan treat you have always wanted to try making?
- If you were to say something is delicious, what would you be looking for in the treat?
- What makes people think vegan food is bland, and how can you counteract that?
Once you have answered these questions, you are ready to create a vegan treat that everyone will love.
Also, consider these four aspect for your dish:
- Small bite-sized portions
- Richly steeped in culture
A simple life is a happy life. That is the whole point of a cheat sheet, right?
If you do not have the time to make your own treat, buy one from Layla’s Delicacies where we make quality vegan treats with zero animal products.
Make sure you label your serving dishes so you’re not scrambling to look for them at the end of the potluck
Always remember, too, that potlucks are about having fun and sharing beautiful memories with friends and family around the table. Don’t let the preparation for the potluck and trying to make everything perfect take away from your enjoyment.
Lastly, allow you and your friends some guilty pleasures. Give options for sweets or chocolate. After all, pleasure is food for the soul.
Order some of our original vegan delicacies to give your guests a treat they will not forget.
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