Now I'm getting creative with leftover dates - these crostini (which simply means "little toasts", in Italian) are delicious, using vegan cream cheese in place of the Brie to mimic the cheese's smooth, creamy texture.
Place 12 (1/2-inch thick) slices of French bread baguette on a baking sheet and broil for two minutes on each side until toasted (that's about 6-ounces of bread total). Set aside.
Melt a 1/2 tsp. vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add one and a half cups thinly sliced onion, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper and one small minced garlic clove; cook for ten minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high and saute for 4 minutes until the onion is starting to brown. Add 1 teaspoon raw sugar and saute 2 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar and 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (Annie's Naturals makes a vegan version without the anchovies!).
Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons chopped dates and 2 ounces (about 1/4 cup) vegan cream cheese (such as Tofutti), stirring until combined.
Place about2 teaspoons of the onion mixture on top of each bread slice. Return to the oven at 300 degrees fof 4 minutes. Each crostini is 70 calories.
French bread $1.29
vegan cream cheese $2.99
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html