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When you’re ready to wow a crowd with a plant-based party appetizer, this vegan pâté is sure to do the trick. The key to its savory flavor lies in the porcini mushrooms, which have a rich, earthy flavor that needs little embellishment (not even added salt!). Look for dried porcinis online and in well-stocked supermarkets. Lentils, meanwhile, give the healthy pâté a meaty mouthfeel and spreadable texture, while shallots add tangy sweetness to complement the savory shrooms. Perfect for spreading on crackers or slices of a whole wheat baguette, this killer spread will soon become a staple of your vegan charcuterie boards.

For more party-worthy fare, check out these healthy vegan appetizers:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped shallots
  • ½ cup green or brown lentils
  • ½ oz. dried porcini mushrooms, broken into pieces (½ cup)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the first seven ingredients (through bay leaf) and 3 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 45 minutes or until lentils are soft.
  2. Drain lentil mixture, reserving the liquid; remove bay leaf. Place lentil mixture and pepper in a food processor; pulse until chopped. If needed, add reserved cooking liquid, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, as needed for a smooth, spreadable consistency. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

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Mary Margaret Chappell

When Mary Margaret Chappell first started out in the plant-based food world as a writer, editor, and recipe developer, she was a bacon-loving former pastry chef who didn’t think she could ever cook without butter. Fourteen years, four cookbooks, dozens of cooking classes, and hundreds of recipes later, her favorite thing in the world is sharing the tips, techniques, and recipes that show just how easy and delicious whole-food, plant-based cooking can be. The former food editor of Vegetarian Times magazine has done away with her dependency on butter and is honing her skills at baking with natural sweeteners. Chappell lives in France, where plant-based eating can often be a challenge, but the fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes available are simply amazing. Find her on Instagram and Facebook.

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