Vegan “Pate” Recipe
For those of you that love hosting get-togethers, parties or volunteering for the latest function at your community center, you know that tasty food is central to a successful round of compliments and second helpings. One type of guest however, always seems to be left out: the vegetarian. The lone vegetarian walks toward the buffet table, glances over the leg of lamb, brisket, chicken tenders and other food items that are off his/her checklist (aside from the salad, but who wants to eat just salad at a party?). Being a considerate host, you adore your guests and want them to feel comfortable eating your dishes, so you create a type of dip just for them. My grandmother loved experimenting with different ingredients and handed down the recipe to my mother, who as it happens loves to entertain.
Vegetarian “Pate” is a hearty, heart-healthy recipe that can be used as a dip or spread. Sweet peas are a good source of protein and Vitamin A, while the walnuts are jammed with omega-3 essential fatty acids which help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are also said to lower the chance of blood clots in arteries and help maintain a healthy heart rhythm.
Total cooking time: 8 minutes.
Equipment: This recipe will require a pot, and either a hand-held blender or food processor.
Ingredients: 1 can sweet peas 1 medium onion 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) salt 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) black pepper 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) cumin ¾ cup walnuts
1) Sauté 1 medium onion with walnuts in a pot for about 5 minutes.
2) In a different bowl, combine sweet peas, salt, black pepper and cumin together and mix the ingredients well.
3) Then, add the sweet pea mixture to the onion and walnuts and continue sautéing for about 3 more minutes.
4) Turn off the heat and let cool. Puree with a hand-held blender or in food processor until you achieve a creamy, though slightly nutty texture similar to that of pate or dip.
5) Serve with crackers, bread, baby carrots and other snack type vegetables.
Here’s an idea. While serving the “pate” to your guests, ask them what ingredients they think are present in the dish. Tell them you mixed sprinkles, a handful of marshmallows, potato chips and pickled eggs together as a joke at first, to see if they believe you. Then, share the real ingredients and explain to them that the “pate” is actually healthy and completely animal free. Your carnivorous and vegetarian guests will surely zoom back for any occasion.