Mushroom and Walnut Pâté Appetizer

Yields 6-8 Servings

Prep Time 15 min

Inactive Time 4 hours

Cook Time 15-20 min

Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped (about 6-7 min in 350 degree oven; let cool)4 Tbsp butter (divided)4 Tbsp Olive Oil
    1 1/2 pounds mushrooms, cleaned and chopped into medium pieces, reserve 3-4 button mushrooms for garnish
  • 6 green onions, sliced in 1/4" slices
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or white wine
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Dash Tabasco sauce
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

Garnish

  • Hard boiled Eggs, chopped (optional)
  • Sauteed Mushrooms (optional)
  • Parsley, Chopped

Directions

  1. In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, add three tablespoons of butter to the olive oil and heat until melted.
  2. Add the mushrooms, green onions, and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has been released and skillet becomes almost dry, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in salt, pepper, and sherry and cook until skillet is almost dry, about 10 minutes more. Remove from heat, and let cool.
  3. Combine mushroom mixture with reserved walnuts, parsley, lemon juice, Tabasco, and cream cheese in a blender and pulse until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Spread mixture into a shallow plate or bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Just before serving, melt remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium skillet and cook halved mushrooms just until tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Remove the pate from the refrigerator and top with the sauteed mushrooms and chopped parsley. Offer chopped hard boiled egg as an alternative.
  8. Serve cool or at room temperature with toasted baquette slices, or any plain cracker.
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