Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oscar Night Dinner - Mushroom Pate

Mushroom Pate for the Oscar night dinner

Another mushroom recipe I want to share with you is a Mushroom Pate. This delicious dish can be served as a meal itself (warm or cold), an appetizer, or on a sandwiches.
This Pate is a perfect dinner for the Oscar ceremony night!
Mushroom Pate


  • 3-4 lb mushrooms (crimini, white, portobello, or a mix), diced
  • 3 large onions or 4-5 small, chopped
  • I tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (+ 1 tsp more for greasing a baking pan)
  • 1 hard boiled egg (optional)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup grated cheese (Gruyere, Romano, Cheddar, or any other you like)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp white wine (optional)
  • 1 tsp dry dill
  • 2 leaves fresh sage

Preheat oil and butter in a large sauce pan, reduce heat to a medium-high, add onions and saute for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, stirring.

Onions are ready
Remove onions from the pan, using a slotted spoon (you want to leave all the oil in the pan), set aside.

Preheat oven to 375F (190C), but continue on the stove.
To the same skillet add diced mushrooms and saute about 20-25 minutes until all liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are turning brown. Add salt and pepper, stir, and if any more liquid is released by mushrooms, let it evaporate.  Stir as at this stage mushrooms can burn very quickly!

Mushrooms are ready

Remove mushrooms from the sauce pan and set aside.
The bottom of your sauce pan should have a nice brown (not burned) bits. Add 2 tbsp of flour mixed in a cup of cold water to the pan, stir well, add 2 tbsp white wine (optional), reduce heat to a medium-low and cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring a few times. You will have about 2/3 cup of wonderful mushroom gravy.

Mushroom Gravy

Add salt and pepper, sage, dill, or any other herbs you like. Taste. Adjust the flavor by adding more salt and pepper. Taste again.
Next, add mushrooms and onions to a food processor to mince it.
In a mixing bowl combine mushrooms-onions with 2 tbsp of gravy, 2 tbsp grated cheese, and mix well.
I don't have a pate terrine, so I used a bread baking pan. Oil  the pan with olive oil or butter, add one half of the mushroom mixture to it, level and place sliced hard boiled egg in one row through the middle. Add the remaining mixture, press well, and cover with the remaining grated cheese.
Place in the oven for about 20-25 minutes (until the cheese on the top starts to turn golden).

Mushroom Pate with Pecorino Romano cheese

Remove from the oven and let it cool down, and then slowly go along the edges with a spatula or knife to loosen up the pate (although, if you have a non-stick pan, you may want to use a wooden or a silicone spatula for it), and transfer the pate to the plate. 

Tasty on a slice of oven toasted bread 
 Are you going to watch the ceremony?

Until next time,
Cowboy Country Vegetarian


  1. Excellent this recipe. Well done!

  2. I cannot lie, I am not a huge mushroom gal but my brother is nuts for them. I might have to try this out next time he visits. Looks really good. We are watching tonight but purely to make fun of people's clothes.

    1. I didn't like mushrooms when I was in school either, I hated it actually. And when my daughter was born my taste started to change. I still don't like sweets though (how weird, ha?!). At least I eat it from time to time! My son did fix the antenna and we are watching it too: Billy Crystal is great!

  3. Love mushrooms. Great vegetarian dish and so easy to put together. Lovely presentation.

  4. I really love this mushroom pate. When I accompanied my husband to his conference in Yakima their the dining people made it gluten free for me. I have to make this sometime.

    1. How wonderful! I've been to Yakima, nice place, nice people.

  5. oh this looks wonderful love mushrooms

  6. I'm all set to watch it tonight but this pate recipe interests me even more! :D I must give it a go! :D

    1. Let me know if you make it. Make sure that there's no liquid in onions or mushrooms left...:)

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    1. Thank you. Yes, vegetables that's what we eat...:)

  8. I bet your pate tastes fantastic. You have presented it nicely.

  9. ooo the egg in the middle is so pretty!

  10. That looks DELICIOUS! I can see my whole family enjoying this one (both mushroom lovers and mushroom haters).

  11. Nice to see another vegetarian mucking about on Blogger. :) *vegan*

  12. Marina, this looks delicious-) Very similar, only yours is better, it's with mushrooms. Well done!


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