Need a fancy vegan starter recipe for Christmas dinner? These delectable canapés by Gaz Oakley will do the trick
Smoked 'Salmon' with 'Cream Cheese', Capers and Dill Canapés
Cooks in: 20 minutes
GFO: If gluten-free bread is used
For the smoked 'salmon'
440ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp miso paste
3 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
1 large sheet of nori
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp smoked sea salt (or regular sea salt)
juice of 1 lemon
5 large carrots, peeled
For the 'cream cheese'
125g raw cashew nuts
2 tbsp lemon juice
pinch of sea salt and white pepper
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
110ml filtered water
6 slices of toasted rye bread (or a gluten-free bread), cut into small pieces for canapés
3 tbsp capers
small handful of fresh dill
Place all the smoked 'salmon' ingredients except the carrots into a medium saucepan, bring to the boil, then lower to a simmer for 10 minutes to let the flavours infuse.
While the broth is cooking, use a peeler to slice the carrots into long ribbons and place them in a large heatproof bowl.
Pour the broth through a sieve directly over the carrots into the bowl. This will lightly cook them. When the broth has cooled, cover the bowl with cling film or place the mixture into sterilised jars. Refrigerate for at least a day (or up to seven days).
The broth acts as a marinade.
To make the 'cream cheese', soak the nuts in boiling water for 15 minutes. Drain away the soaking water and tip the nuts into a blender cup with the rest of the ingredients. Simply blitz everything until smooth, then use straight away or store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
To serve, generously spread the 'cream cheese' onto pieces of toasted bread, top with the smoked 'salmon' (drained of marinade), then top with lemon, capers and dill.
Extracted from Vegan Christmas by Gaz Oakley (Quadrille, approx €17). Photography © Simon Smith and Peter O’Sullivan.