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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Two Mushroom Pates - Choose Sherried or Creamy



Sherried Mushroom Pate



Creamy Mushroom Pate

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite... I have two more recipes that I want to include among the dips and spreads we are collecting here at One Perfect Bite. While both are for a mushroom pate, they are quite different from each other in terms of taste and texture. One is almost perfectly smooth and figure friendly, the other is a bit chunky and caloric. Both are easy to prepare and can be used as a dip, spread or stuffing. Like all recipes of this type, the pate is wonderful for entertaining because it can be made a day or two before serving. While they are best made with a combination of dry and wild mushrooms, they can also be prepared with the plain ol' button or cremini variety. Unfortunately, these mushroom pates don't have a great deal of eye appeal and you'll have to be creative when you plate them. I know that those of you who are fans of mushrooms will enjoy both these recipes. We'll make it up to those of you who aren't in other posts. Here are the recipes for the two mushroom pates.

Sherried Mushroom Pate...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite adapted from Vegan Cooking

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups finely chopped mild white (sweet) onion
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups assorted finely chopped wild mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon dry thyme
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
1 cup toasted almonds, finely ground
2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

Directions:
1) Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. When oil shimmers, add onions and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in mushrooms and thyme and cook until mushrrom liquid is evaporated. Set aside.
2) Mix ground almonds with reserved 2 tablespoons olive oil in a separate bowl.
3) Combine mushrooms and almonds in the bowl of a food processor. Mix until smooth. Pulse in sherry wine vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill. Serve with crackers, sliced baguette, or vegetables. Yield: 1-3/4 cups.

Creamy Mushroom Pate...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Carol Gelles

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup minced shallots
2 cups finely chopped wild mushrooms
1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, cut in 8 pieces
3 tablespoons heavy cream
Salt and pepper

Directions:
1) Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
2) Add shallots; cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Continue cooking until any mushroom liquid has evaporated. Stir in parsley and thyme; cook, stirring, 30 seconds.
3) Remove from heat. Stir in cream cheese, a piece at a time, until melted and combined. Stir in heavy cream. Chill. Serve with crackers or in small tart shells. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.







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62 comments :

Anna A. said...

I MUST make your sherries shroom pate. Sounds amazing! I am wondering what mushrooms to use?

Julia said...

Your sherried mushroom pate sounds amazing. I always think a little alcohol makes a pate creamy anyway so it's better for the diet. That's what I tell myself anyway. :)

Hovkonditorn said...

Mushroom is so good!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I will go for the one with sherry in any day :-) Diane

Berta said...

Thank you for having visited me.It's an honour looking through your blog now.
This recipe is always a success.

Sweet kisses from Spain

Priya said...

I'll go for the creamy one, eventhough both looks super delicious..

Stefania said...

E' delizioso, ciao

Margarida said...

Mary, I love pates, and your are with a magnificent appearance, would be a perfect starter for a dinner with friends or even family.

Like that of your recipes and I'll take them with me!

Kisses

Alessandra said...

Oh, I love mushroom pates, I wouldn't know which one to choose!

The Blonde Duck said...

Everything you make looks fantastic.

Jenna Lee said...

I will take one of each please! YUMM-O. The creamy ones looks AMAZING

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Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Just the word pate' makes me hungry! I choose the sherried pate' YUMMY!

From the Kitchen said...

We'll like both--and our nose-turning-up-at-liver friends will love them. We'll also be happy when you bring out the liver recipes as well.

Best,
Bonnie

Red Nomad OZ said...

I'd have to try both to really appreciate the differences!! Luckily, it's not difficult to get a variety of mushrooms down here in OZ!

Jenn said...

Ooooohhhh... I want creamy!!! Though the sherried sounds really good too! Can I have both, Please????

Lucy said...

Thanks for these recipes - I am always looking for dips that aren't cream cheese based (like your first version!). I wonder if it could be piped out using a large star tip? That might make for a pretty presentation. Thanks for sharing!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Thanks for these, Mary - I am a big dipper, but I've never done much with mushroom pate - the sherried version sounds lovely, and I may try this weekend.

Cathy said...

Both pates look so appetizing, but I'm drawn to the sherry and almonds in the first one. This will be a lovely Mother's Day appetizer.

I hope your Mother's Day is a very happy one, Mary.

cajunlicious said...

I love mushrooms! Mary these both look great!

Parsley Sage said...

Bookmarked! And you're a life saver on this one. I have book club tomorrow night and I'm ALWAYS responsible for the nibbles. We're reading 'Into the Wild' and I think a wild mushroom pate is perfectly appropriate :) Thanks for sharing!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Who could choose? I'd love BOTH!

Tasha said...

While they both sound tasty, the creamy pate recipe is the one that catches my eye. Yum!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

I'll take the creamy one! lol Everything is better with cream! LOL Thanks for the link up Mary! have a lovely day!

Emily Malloy said...

Absolutely divine!

Reva said...

This is a nice one:) I love both the versions:)
Reva

Rita said...

We love mushrooms any way any time.I will probably be trying both versions.
Rita

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

I love pate, but have never thought about making it. Going to try both of these for sure! Yum!

Alina---Explora Cuisine said...

I just love these, they look and sound delicious, I bookmarked them already :) have a great day Mary!

June said...

I'd absolutely have to go for the creamy version, but they both look incredible!

A Year on the Grill said...

Mary, it is probably a late comment, but i really like what you do with the one year ago and two year ago posts. Highlights your amazing body of work

Dave

Lenia said...

I am a huge fan of mushrooms!Both pates look fantastic!Thanks for sharing,dear Mary!

Lucie said...

Mmm! They both look delicious but I would pounce right on the first one! A great idea for entertaining, Mary.

Barbara said...

Well now. Here's a conundrum. I hope I don't have to choose one or the other...because I'm loving both of these!
Two beautiful recipes, Mary!

coco cooks said...

Mary,
Thanks for the comment. I adore mushrooms and all their varieties , so both of these recipes are very appealing to me.I have sherry in the pantry and may ,make this soon.

Indrė said...

I'm mushroom lover and these recipes looks perfect for me. Thanks for sharing.

Also - if you really going to try mie grandmother crumble pie I can help you with lithuanian-english translation :)

That Girl said...

A pate even a vegetarian can love!

Catherine said...

I love pate. Mushroom pate is a new one for me but I am sure I would be very pleased with it. Blessings, Catherine

Kitchen Riffs said...

Great recipe. I've been looking for something like this. It'll be perfect to serve with drinks. Thanks.

Food Glorious Food! said...

I would have both! They all look so goooood!

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Rosita Vargas said...

Exquisito y con la crema mucho más, se ve estupendamente lindo el plato,cariños y abrazos.

Tricia @saving room for dessert said...

Wow you are fearless! Sherry and mushrooms - sounds fantastic.

Kathy said...

They both look wonderful! I want to try the creamy mushroom pate. What a lovely site. Thank you for visiting me so I could find you! I'm a happy new follower!

lerocherhotel said...

must be delicious!

Ginny said...

Goodness, how did you get the shape on th first one? They are just discovering that mushrooms are better for you than used to be thought. They used to be considered mainly water, but they have lots of healthful things in them, like boron? I'm wondering if that is the name...I can't think of it now

nat. said...

For me - sherried please :) But both options look amazing and they're served really beautiful!

mr. pineapple man said...

i love everything mushroom! they look so delicious!

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

tasty dish...how are you mary?

Kelly said...

Very fun. I've had a mushroom pate on my 'to make' list from Epicurious for quite awhile now as there is one a local restaurant (The Green Zebra) makes that is out of this world. When I ordered it, it was so rich and luscious that it reminded me of foie gras. (Yes, it was that good!) You're making me think I may want to make it for an event I have coming up. Thanks for sharing!

chefpandita.com said...

Your pate looks amazing! I would like to try both, please :)

Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane said...

Lots of my friends don't like mushrooms, but I don't see why :( They can used in dishes such as these and it's really yummy!

Swathi said...

Delicious mushroom dishes. I love them.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Both of those pates sound so delicious. I love mushrooms, but have never tried a recipe like that. It sounds like it would be great with some pita chips.
PS- thanks for your sweet comment on my blog :)

teresa said...

YUM! i love anything with mushrooms, what a fun dish!

Cooking Creation said...

"Don't have a great deal of eye appeal", yet you make them look amazing! I love my mushrooms and hope I can get around to make this soon! Thanks for sharing :)

Comfy Cook said...

I like all things creamy so I think that is the one for me although it is hard making such a decision. Mary, I love your presentation for all of your recipes. It makes it a pleasure to visit here.

bellini said...

I'd love both on a piece of bruschetta or with some crackers MaryLD

The Harried Cook said...

I love mushroom and i think the sherried pate sounds really yummy! :) Honestly I'm a little afraid of the creamy one! Both look really, really delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

Joanne said...

I've never made a pate before but both of these flavors sound awesome!

Elaine said...

I've never been a big fan of pate, but the sherried pate sounds really good and it looks good with the mushrooms.

yummychunklet said...

They both look amazing. Don't make me choose!

Joanna said...

Sherried Mushroom Pate i just sooooo perfect for me:-)

Valérie said...

They both look great! The creamy one reminds me a bit of duxelle. I adore mushrooms in all forms, so how they look is not a problem for me!

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