Mushroom Pate


Serve this vegetarian mushroom pâté recipe as an appetizer with crackers and pickled onions or try it as a sandwich spread.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 cups

What Type of Mushrooms Should I Use?

We use cremini mushrooms for this recipe, which are also called "baby bella" mushrooms. Cremini mushrooms are the same variety as white button mushrooms but are slightly more mature and brown in color. They are firm in texture with a mild, earthy flavor. Feel free to mix in other varieties of mushrooms like shiitake or oyster mushrooms for a richer mushroom flavor.

What Is Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a cheesy-tasting powder made from deactivated yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, that's sold as a food product in the form of yellow flakes, granules or powder. Nutritional yeast is rich in vitamin B12 and adds a savory cheesy flavor without any dairy. For a dairy version of the recipe, you can use Parmesan cheese as a substitute.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided

  • ¼ cup minced shallots

  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms (baby bella), coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry

  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese


  1. 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.

  2. 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.


Food processor


For the best flavor, toast nuts before using them in the 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.

To make ahead

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Serve at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

56 Calories
5g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size 2 Tbsp.
Calories 56
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Vitamin A 36IU 1%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 12mcg 3%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 10mg 2%
Potassium 175mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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