Mushroom & Walnut Pate

Airily light yet packed with flavour, this pate encompasses the essence of autumn. Serve with a crisp green salad for a tasty lunch or with fine slices of toasted baguette as an accompaniment to aperitifs.

Category:  Vegetarian Canapes & Cocktails  - 
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Ingredients

For 6 Serving(s)

Recipe

  • 15g dried mushooms
  • 30g walnuts
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 300g mushrooms, chopped
  • large pinch dried thyme
  • 1tbsp sherry or brandy
  • sea salt & freshly milled pepper
  • 1 x 150g tub cream cheese at room temperature

Mushroom & Walnut Pate Directions

  1. Put the dried mushrooms into a measuring jug and top up to 150ml with boiling water; set aside to cool.

    Over a medium heat, toast the walnuts in a heavy based frying pan. Remove and keep to one side. Add the oil to the pan, turn down the heat a little then adding the shallot and garlic, gently and sweat until they are soft but not coloured. Stir in the mushrooms.

    Roughly chop the now reconstituted mushrooms, adding to the pan along with their soaking liquid and continue to cook until everything is tender. Stir from time to time as the liquid evaporates, adding the thyme, sherry and seasoning, until no liquid remains. Allow to cool. Add half of the walnuts to the mushroom mixture and finely chop the remainder.

    Blitz the mushroom mixture with a hand blender or liquidizer until smooth. Beat the cream cheese to loosen then add the mushrooms and remaining walnuts. Mix together, check seasoning and chill.

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