So this week before all the true frantic madness of Christmas begins, I am sharing a few new recipes which are all worthy of a place at your Festive table, whether you are catering for meat lovers, vegetarians or vegans.
This mushroom, walnut and lentil pate is absolutely delicious and actually tastes quite meaty so I'm sure everyone will love it.
I am a massive fan of mushrooms, lentils and nuts so this is my idea of an ideal starter. Served with some thinly sliced sourdough or delicious crackers (recipe coming soon!)
This will surely impress your guests! It can be made a few days in advance and will happily sit in the fridge until you need it. This also works well stirred into a mushroom risotto or as a topping for a baked potato or a pizza!
I've made this a few times and played around with the recipe a bit. The original recipe from the wonderful Dearbhla Reynolds book The Cultured Club uses fermented mushrooms, which adds another layer of flavour and nutrition but since most folks won't have time to ferment the mushrooms first then this adapted recipe is equally delicious and the addition of seaweed flakes adds that unique umami flavour.
You have the option of setting the pate in a small loaf tin, which looks rather wonderful and can then be served in slices.
Other options are to set the pate in small individual ramekin dishes or just put it into a serving dish and serve dollops rather than slices!
It's whatever suits your needs best and makes life easier! If you are catering for gluten free then you would need to leave the breadcrumbs out or use gluten free ones.
I always have a supply of breadcrumbs in the freezer, which are very handy and a great way to use up any slightly stale bread.
Button mushrooms, portabello, chestnut or shitake mushrooms will all work well or indeed a mixture! Their are always better if they are organic .
12/13/2017 01:33:15 pm
I'm going to be making this for Dad this xmas. He'll love it!!:) Thanks for the great recipe Janice:) I may add a little port/ sherry to the onions when frying? Have you tried that kind of thing out?
12/27/2017 01:15:12 pm
Hi Lee, that's a great idea! Should add a wee touch of luxury! Hope your dad enjoys it!
12/23/2017 10:05:27 am
Hello Janice, this is a lovely pate. I made it once for myself and have made another batch as well. I found 2 interesting little bowls in one of the local charity shops and will package them and give them to my sisters for Chrimbo, I also added tarragon. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family
12/27/2017 01:16:32 pm
Hi Jenna, that's a great idea! I love looking in charity shops for unusual serving dishes, bowls and cutlery!
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