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Yummy Garden Sliders
September 2, 2009, 10:17 am
Filed under: Vegan, Vegetarian | Tags: , , , ,

On my recent trip to California I ate so many delicious, fresh foods that I was loath to get on a plane and come back to NYC. One example of the simple tastiness I experienced was these “Garden Sliders” from a recipe in Better Homes & Gardens. (Vegan recipes are everywhere if you look!)

We enjoyed them on the back deck of a house in San Francisco while listening to the Outside Lands concert in nearby Golden Gate Park. Delightful! We omitted the summer squash and added avocado on top, and served them open-faced for easier munching.



1  15- to 16-oz. can Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2  Tbsp. olive oil
2  cloves garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
1/2  tsp. Italian seasoning, crushed
1  medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
24  1/4-inch-thick slices baguette
2  medium roma tomatoes, cut in 1/4-inch-thick slices
1  small cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
 Small celery top sprigs, small tomato wedges, and/or pickle slices (optional)


1. For bean spread, in blender or food processor combine beans, 1 tablespoon of the oil, the garlic, and Italian seasoning. Cover; blend or process until smooth. Season with salt and ground black pepper.

2. To grill squash, toss squash slices with remaining tablespoon olive oil. Place in a grill basket. Place basket directly over medium coals for about 5 minutes or just until squash is tender, turning once.

3. Spread one side of each bread slice with bean spread. Top half of the bread with tomato, squash, and cucumber slices. Top with remaining bread slices, spread side down. Secure sandwiches with wooden picks. Top with celery sprigs, tomato wedges, and/or pickle slices. Makes 12 appetizers-size sandwiches.

Make a head: Make the bean spread up to 2 days ahead; refrigerate, covered. Slice vegetables up to 24 hours ahead. Assemble sliders 2 hours ahead.


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Thus confirming the world’s suspicion that adding avocado makes anything “California.”

Comment by fictionadvocate

Wow great recipe! these looks delicious

Comment by cookingforaveganlover

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