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Bloody Mary Dip with Focaccia Skewers


Chef notes

These inventive bites turn a classic bloody mary cocktail into a delectable appetizer. They're a refreshing departure from the usual party fare, are so fun to dip and they're vegan-friendly.


  • 14 ounces tomato passata or tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 ounces vodka (optional)
  • 1 dash hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
  • 20 small pimento-stuffed green olives
  • 3 ribs celery, strings peeled away and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 ounces good-quality store-bought focaccia, cut into 1/2-inch cubes


For the dip:

Put the tomato passata, oil, tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire, celery salt, vodka, if using, and hot sauce into a medium sauté pan or saucepan over medium heat and simmer until warmed through, about 5 minutes.

For the skewers:

Thread an olive, piece of celery and cube of focaccia onto each cocktail skewer.

To serve:

Pour the dip into a serving bowl, place on a board and arrange the dipping skewers next to it. The dip can be served warm or at room temperature.