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Wild Mushroom Pate

VegetarianVeganDairy FreeGluten FreeContains Nuts

This pate goes really well with a good crusty bread and a foraged salad.

Serves :
Prep : 20 minutes
Cook : 15 minutes
  • Lots of olive oil.
  • 1/2  a medium onion
  • 1/2 a red onion
  • 1/2 celery stick
  • 500g / 1lb mixed mushrooms, dried are a good addition as they have a strong flavour
  • 2 cups of red lentils
  • 2 1/2 cups of mushroom stock or one mushroom stock cube
  • 2 good handfuls of hazel nuts, chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Cook the mushrooms with the onions, garlic, celery and nutmeg until all the liquid has evaporated, leave to cool for a while and blend until smooth. Add the chopped hazel nuts before or after blending, depending on the texture you would like the pate to be.
  2. Cook the lentils bay leaves and celery in the mushroom stock until fairly dry, cool, then remove the bay leaves and blend.
  3. Caramelise the red onion in a frying pan and leave to cool.
  4. Mix the two together with the lemon juice and place in a serving dish and top with the caramelised red onion and thyme.
  5. Chill to stiffen the pate and serve with a good bread and some wild green salad.
  6. Made with lots of butter instead of olive oil makes this pate very lush but not vegan.

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