Spinach Mushroom Pate (Vegan)

Total Time
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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute shallots and mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until softened (about 5-7 minutes.) Transfer to a bowl.
  2. 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).
  3. Put everything in a food processor and process until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and add the mayonnaise.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  6. Serve warm, chilled or at room temperature.
Most Helpful

4 5

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.

5 5

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...