We love a buffet in the Blake Family, in fact it’s a running theme throughout my extended family and friends too, so much so my bridesmaid threatened not to attend my wedding if vol au vents were not on the menu.
There are so many good options for a vegan buffet, supermarkets have amazing grab and go options and frozen party food ready to pop in the oven, throw in a few home made tasty treats and you are good to go.
Here I will talk about a typical buffet table in my house, with a couple of recipes and links for the home made options and supermarket recommendations for the bought in goodies.
Shroompups – these little cocktail style cumberland sausages are great for buffet tables, there isn’t a child around who could resist these delicious bites. Stick a cocktail stick in them……your done! £2
Frys Vegan Sausage roll – found in the fridges with the shroompups these are really nice hot or cold, just slice up into dainty pieces and serve. £1 per roll.
Sainsburys Deliciously Free From Margherita Pizza – is a buffet complete without a pizza? I think not. £3.50
For the grown ups…..Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg – Roast Butternut and Charred Broccoli Pizza. £3.50
Just Love Food Company – Vegan Chocolate Cake £6 per cake.
We can’t talk about buffets without giving a little mention to Iceland can we?
No Cheese Italian Garden Pizza – I add dairy free cheese, Pizza without cheese to me is just plain wrong. £2 – there is also a hummus pizza but again, just plain wrong.
Iceland Take Away Onion Bhajis – 4 for £1
Iceland Take Away Vegetable Samosas – 4 for £1
Iceland Take Away Spring Rolls – 4 for £1
Linda Mac’s Veggie Sausages – 6 for £1.50 – I always make sure I have sausages on the table as a good, safe option for kiddies.
Marks and Spencer
M&S’s new range Plant Kitchen is awesome, you could wander in and choose just about anything from it and not be disappointed so head on in there and knock yourself out with choices.
I am not singling anything out in particular because instead I want to share their wonderful food to order option with you. My family have done his for years for the buffet table, it’s always gorgeous and fresh, lovely ingredients and so much less mess, fuss and work for the host. I have only recently discovered quite how wonderful their vegan options are though, from a 20 piece vegan burger set to an Orza Pasta and Roasted Tomato Salad Bowl, a Vegan Wrap and Sandwich Platter and super cute mini Fruit Kebabs they have everything you need for a colourful, delicious and filling buffet table. https://www.marksandspencer.com/l/food-to-order/health/vegan
Tesco 30 Meat Free Sausage Rolls (these are my absolute favourite sausage rolls) – dirt cheap at £1.75
Wicked Kitchen Caponata Pizza – £4
Kirstys Gluten Free Vegan Margherita Pizza – £3.50
Wicked Kitchen Red Velvet Brownie – £4.50
Wicked Kitchen Toasted 3 Onion Dip – £2
Wicked Kitchen Hot Cracked Corn Dip – £2
Wicked Kitchen also do a lovely range of wraps in the grab and go sandwich section, if you aren’t in the mood for making them from scratch you could always grab a few from here and cut them into smaller portions.
Morrisons Meat Free Sausages – 6 for £1.50
Morrisons V Taste Diced Tomato and Dried Basil Pizza – £3
Morrisons No Moo Zarella Sticks – Lovely Mozzarella style crispy oven baked sticks, gorgeous with a green salad and sweet chilli sauce – 6 for £2.50
Morrisons Red Velvet and Morrisons Chocolate Cupcakes – 2 for £2 (Both flavours are gorgeous)
I love the deli section at Morrisons too, they do gorgeous bhajis, pakoras, samosas and spring rolls. Their hummus is lovely and they usually have a great range of flavours.
I can’t possibly skirt past a Morrisons section without mentioning the fact that their Jam Donuts are accidentally vegan (in most stores, please do check) – 5 for £0.60
Asda Free From Cream Cheese – £2 per tub – I make cheese and cucumber dainty sandwiches with this.
Asda Free From Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese – £2 per tub IDENTICAL TO BOURSIN I PROMISE! Great with crackers and/or breadsticks.
Asda Create Your Own Pizza – just ask for free from cheese at the pizza counter.
Asda Rainbow Vegetable Rice – 300g for £1.25
Food Heaven Whipped Cream for Pud – £1.99 for squirty can
Squeaky Bean Nuggets and Fish Fingers at £2.50 per pack – great for your younger guests
Asda Flatbread Vegan Veggie Feast – £2.50
Asda Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes – 2 for £1.50
Asda Sweet Potato Falafels – 12 for £1.50
Just Love Food Company Vegan Chocolate Cake – £6
Holy Moly Guacamole Original – £2.79 per tub
Waitrose Pimento Stuffed Olives – £3.69
Eat Real Veggie and Kale Straws (crisps) – £1.79
Port Royal Jamaican Vegetable Patties – £0.85 each – cut in half for a buffet table, truly delish!
Itsu Vegetable Fusion Gyoza – £3.75
Frys Vegetarian Sausage Rolls – 4 for £3.85
Vego Fine Nougat Praline Vegolino Organic Fairtrade – £6.49 – not really a buffet thing but it should be illegal to order from Ocado and not buy these! Seriously, buy some….
Liberto Organic and Vegan Pate De Provenceo – £1.99 – great if you can’t be faffed making a Pate from scratch, but hopefully you can as the recipe I share below is gorgeous, even better than this one if you ask me. As a back up though, this one is great.
Propermaid Frozen Vegan Ginger and Carrot Cake – £12.99
What else do I throw in the trolley?
I always get a tub of Swedish Glace Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream and some Alpro or Oatly Custard and Cream or Creme Fraiche.
Hummus is always a welcome addition, plenty of salad to make a couscous and a green salad bowl and a big fresh baked french stick always features, most supermarkets sell the Quorn vegan chicken or ham slices, plus a good vegan cream cheese and vegan mayo (veganaise is our favourite), I always grab some grapes and strawberries for the children.
I hope that gives you a few ideas from whatever supermarket you may be heading to. Aldi have also just recently added a lot of new items to their vegan range, I’m not familiar with them yet so haven’t added here but would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried? What could I add to my go to shopping list?
I thinks it’s often nice to have a few ‘made from scratch’ dishes to have amongst the buffet table. My Chickpea, Tomato and Basil Pate always goes down well and is lovely served with french stick, crackers, flatbreads, breadsticks and crudites. It’s the simplest of recipes and keeps in the fridge for over a week so you can make it in advance to save on time and if it doesn’t all get devoured (unlikely) it will keep for tea the next night, just heap it onto a jacket potato with a big side salad – scrummy!
Chickpea, Tomato, Basil and Red Onion Pate
- 2 tins of chickpeas – drained
- 20g fresh basil
- ½ a red onion
- Juice of one lemon
- Lug of extra virgin olive oil
- 8 cherry tomatoes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Using a food processor blitz the red onion, tomatoes and basil till finely chopped.
- Add the chickpeas, lemon juice, a big lug of the oil and a bit of salt and pepper. Blitz again till a smooth pate forms.
- Add further oil/lemon juice/seasoning to taste – till you get the consistency and flavour that suits you.
- Store in the fridge for up to one week.
I often make a tray bake cake as they can be made in advance and go really well with the Swedish Glace Ice Cream or the Oatly Cream and Creme Fraiche. Here is the link to my Lemon and Blueberry Sponge with a Pecan and Pumpkin Seed Crunch Topping.
I will also be sharing the recipe for my very popular Chocolate Hobnob Cheesecake this week too, keep an eye on my page for the recipe going live by Friday.
Thank you so much for reading, I really hope you enjoy!
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