Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
From the Candle 79 Cookbook: This versatile and rich-tasting pate is an all-time favorite appetizer at Candle 79 in New York City. It's lovely to serve at a party with cocktails or a crisp, organic white wine. Spoon it onto crostini made with your favorite bread or onto crackers, or serve it alongside a crudite platter.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup finely chopped shallot (80g)
- 5 chopped portabella mushrooms
- 1⁄2 lb chopped fresh spinach (225g)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
- 3⁄4 cup vegan mayonnaise (180g)
- Saute shallots and mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until softened (about 5-7 minutes.) Transfer to a bowl.
- Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat and add the spinach, garlic, salt and pepper and cook until the spinach is wilted (3-5 minutes).
- Put everything in a food processor and process until smooth, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer to a bowl and add the mayonnaise.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Serve warm, chilled or at room temperature.
I tried this again today, this time with the portabellas. It is more flavorful with the portabellas than with the shiitake and button mushrooms I tried last time. I didn't have 1/2 lb spinach, I used 5 1/2 ounces. Last time the pate was too runny, so I drained the mushrooms after sautéing them. It's still not as solid of a texture as I would like, it's more like a dip than a pate. I want a more solid mushroom pate with more flavor, so I'll keep looking. I won't be making this again.
Great dip for an aperitif next to the fire place. Prepared it for Thanksgiving with my future parents in law! They liked it.... Definitely a 5 stars...