I am not very creative when it comes to appetizers. I usually go with a cheese plate, or something light such as an assortment of marinated olives. This outrageous recipe for a vegetarian Mushroom Pâté has become the It appetizer at our house.
I developed this recipe for the Mushroom Channel as well as for our vegetarian friends, even though, our meat loving friends devour it. I use dried porcini as I love their intense flavor as well as fresh cremini mushrooms. After cooking the mushrooms along with aromatics until flavorful the mixture if processed into a cream pate along with creme fraiche and a touch of bourbon or mushroom stock.
This pate is a star on its own as a snack, as well it is the perfect addition to a dinner party. Did I mention, people are always surprised when they realize it is made from mushrooms.
Recipe: Mushroom Pâté
5 ounces dried porcini
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons ghee plus some extra for topping the pate
1/3 cup shallots, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, chopped
1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, thin slices
1 large sprig of fresh thyme, leaves only
2 tablespoons bourbon or mushroom stock
1 tablespoon creme fraiche or sour cream – can omit if dairy free
salt, to taste
fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
red onion, finely minced
In a small bowl place the porcini with the hot water. Let sit for 15 minutes. Then drain well.
In a large frying pan melt the ghee.
Add the shallot to the ghee and cook until soft over low heat, about 3 – 5 minutes.
Add the cremini mushrooms and porcinis to the pan and continue cooking over low heat until caramelized and soft, stirring often. This step will take about 15 – 20 minutes.
Stir in the garlic and thyme. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add the bourbon or stock to the pan, then stir to deglaze the pan.
Set aside and let cool.
Place the mixture into the food processor and blend until very smooth.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add the creme fraiche or sour cream and blend again.
Place into a serving container. Pour a small amount of melted ghee over the top of the pate.
Cover with a lid or wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.
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