Nettle and Sorrel Pâté
Wild greens and lentils combine to make a versatile vegan pâté that is easily customised to suit your taste and the availabilty of seasonal ingredients. Swap the nettles for other wild greens, add any herbs that take your fancy, and use any kind of beans you have instead of the lentils. Serve the pâté warm or cold, or add a vegan cream cheese to make a smoother, creamier mixture (non-vegans can add crème fraîche when blending, or butter when serving the pâté warm).
Serves : 4
Prep : 10 minutes
Cook : 5 minutes
- Good double handful (or a pint jug full) of fresh nettle tops, rinsed
- Handful of sorrel leaves, rinsed
- 150g cooked green lentils (about half a can, rinsed, or 75g dried lentils, simmered in water until tender, and drained)
- 2 tablespoons of chopped wild garlic, three cornered leek, few flowered garlic or chives
- Juice of half a lemon
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra if required
- 1 generous tablespoon vegan cream cheese (optional)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Put the nettle tops in a bowl and pour over boiling water. Let them sit for about 2 minutes, then drain and rinse in cold water. Using your hands, squeeze out as much water as you can.
- Put the blanched nettles, sorrel, lentils, wild garlic, lemon juice and 2 tablespooons of the olive oil into the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly to create a coarse pâté.
- If you want a smoother, creamier pâté, add the vegan cream cheese and purée the mixture until smooth and evenly combined.
- Taste the mixture and add seasoning to taste. To serve the pâté warm, set a small pan over a low heat and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the pâté and gently warm through, and spoon into a serving bowl. If serving cold, spoon the purée into a serving bowl and drizzle over the last tablespoon of oil. Serve with flatbreads, toasted pitta, crackers or part of a mezze-type array of dishes.
This sounds so good. I will try it. x
Excited to try this. Three cornered discovered in our garden this week and always have plenty of nettles.
Sounds lovely but I got this in a “Foraging Finds for December” email. Not likely to find much of this in December tbh. (Fresh Nettle tops ??)
Great for spring though. Definitely one to hang on to for next year.
Very tasty stuffed in warm pitta bread