Serve this vegetarian pâté recipe as an appetizer with crackers and pickled onions or try it as a sandwich spread. Nutritional yeast, rich in vitamin B12, adds a cheesy flavor without any dairy. Look for the yellow yeast powder or flakes in natural-foods stores.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2014


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  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring, until starting to lightly brown, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until their liquid is almost evaporated, 4 to 5 minutes. Add sage, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add sherry, scraping up any browned bits, and cook until the liquid evaporates, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Transfer the mixture to a food processor. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, walnuts and nutritional yeast (or Parmesan) and pulse until very finely chopped, about 30 seconds. Serve garnished with sage, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Serve at room temperature.

For the best flavor, toast nuts before using in a recipe. For chopped nuts: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. For whole nuts: Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

55.8 calories; protein 1.9g 4% DV; carbohydrates 2.5g 1% DV; exchange other carbs; dietary fiber 0.7g 3% DV; sugars 0.7g; fat 4.5g 7% DV; saturated fat 0.5g 3% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 36IU 1% DV; vitamin c 0.3mg; folate 11.6mcg 3% DV; calcium 11.5mg 1% DV; iron 0.3mg 2% DV; magnesium 9.6mg 3% DV; potassium 175.4mg 5% DV; sodium 39mg 2% DV; thiamin 0.6mg 64% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
This is an easy appetizer to make and I will say it was so delish!!!! Saved to my recipes will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Cheap and easy home-made with a restaurant taste good one to impress guests. Pros: Quick easy yummy healthy Cons: None there is no chance it will last 3 days its just too nice! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Vegetarian Pate At 11 pm last night I realized I was having friends over after work today and had nothing homemade in the house. This recipe uses ingredients standardly found in a kitchen and pantry making it great for a last minute cooking item. For those who think that more complex means better this recipe proves that simple ingredients can produce complex flavours. I augmented the mushroom taste by using truffle olive oil. Highly recommended Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this last weekend and really love it. Delicious on thinly sliced baguette lightly toasted. Added a little extra black pepper and a pinch of cayenne for an extra kick. Great for company! Read More