Herbed Vegan Mushroom Pate With Fresh Parsley

Mushroom pate canape
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Ratings (17)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: About 2 cups pate (32 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
37 Calories
1g Fat
7g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 2 cups pate (32 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 37
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 21mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

No need to eat chopped liver; try a vegetarian pate made from mushrooms and fresh herbs instead. Not sure what to do with pate? Spread it on bagels for a casual lazy breakfast, serve it with artisan bread or service it with crackers for a party appetizer for a holiday or Christmas party. This vegan herbed mushroom pate recipe is a humane take on more traditional pates, while still serving the same purpose in a delicious way!

Ingredients

  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 2 pounds fresh mushrooms (finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (chopped fresh)
  • 3/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the margarine and cook the onion for 5 to 6 minutes, until soft.

  2. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes, until well cooked.

  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the garlic, chopped parsley, rosemary, bread crumbs and lemon juice.

  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Transfer to a blender or food processor and pulse until desired consistency is achieved. The pate should be finely pureed until it has a smooth texture.

Notes

Traditional pate is a spread made from ground meat and fat that is combined with wine and spices and pureed into a spreadable paste. The meat used is typically fattened liver, which is often raised in a controversial and inhumane manner. In order to fatten a duck or goose's liver, farmers participate in a method of force-feeding called "gavage" where a tube is inserted into their throats and food is funneled into their stomachs. These birds often live in cages, sometimes in total darkness, and live under conditions meant to fatten them with excess food and very little movement. While foie gras, or fatty liver, is considered a delicacy in many restaurants, the way it is produced should not be ignored. In fact, foie gras production is now banned in Israel after the country's supreme court ruled it violates Israel's cruelty-to-animals laws. Germany, the U.K., and Switzerland also prohibit force-feeding birds.

Sources:

Hill, K. (2010, May 27). What’s the deal with Pâté? The Kitchn, http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-deal-with-pt-117895

PETA. (2016). The pain behind Foie Gras. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/animals-used-food-factsheets/pain-behind-foie-gras/