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Our Mushroom Pate is such a versatile recipe! You can snack on it, spread it on toast or a veggie burger, fill mushroom caps and top them with Parmesan(broil them until the cheese is golden and crispy) or mix it with 1/2 cup of Goat Cheese for a richer spread. Drizzling it with some fancy Truffle oil before serving it will definitely wow your guests too so don't miss the opportunity if you have it available!

Wild Mushroom Pâté

Course Cocktail party, Snack
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Chef Maria Cummins


  • 1 ounce dried porcini or oyster mushrooms
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Ghee divided
  • 1-1/2 cups diced yellow onion or a combination of chopped onions and shallots (I used 1 onion)
  • coarse salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 pounds mixed fresh mushrooms any tough stems discarded and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves use half if dry
  • 1/4 cup Madeira Marsala or sherry, or 1/2white wine


  • Combine dried mushrooms and boiling water in a small bowl and let soak for 30 minutes. Remove mushrooms, finely chop and set aside. Strain soaking liquid through a paper towel or coffee filter to remove any grit and set it aside.
  • Heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add onions and shallots, if using and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until they brown at the edges. Raise heat to high and add fresh mushrooms, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook, sautéing, until mushrooms brown further and release their liquid. Cook until all of the liquid has evaporated, then add Madeira, Marsala, sherry or wine and do the same.
  • Add rehydrated mushrooms and their soaking liquid, and cook this almost completely off. No liquid should run into the center if you drag your spoon through the mushrooms, clearing a path. Adjust seasonings to taste — seasoning is everything here — then stir in last tablespoon of butter.
  • Let mixture cool to lukewarm, then blend in a food processor or blender until desired consistency. Let chill in fridge for a few hours before serving, giving the flavors a chance to settle. Pâté keep in fridge for 5 days, in an airtight container


Serve with toasted baguette or crackers, chopped flat-leaf parsley, and/or chives, and additional caramelized onions.
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