I’m really pleased with this recipe! I think that if I was served it in a restaurant, I would be worried that they were conning me into eating creamed corpse!
It tastes exactly how I remember smooth pâté to taste and feel in the mouth, but with a festive hit of cranberry, herbs and mixed spices. And the red onion and red kidney beans help it to look like the real thing too.
Plus, if you have a food processor, it’s relatively easy to make :o)
Festive pâté recipe (makes 3 ramekins’ worth / 6 generous portions):
- ½ x small red onion (chopped)
- 1 x clove garlic (minced)
- 1 x tin red kidney beans (reserve the brine!)
- 1 x tbsp. tomato puree
- 1 x tsp sage
- 2 x tsp thyme
- 1 x tsp mixed spice
- 1 x tsp salt
- 2 x tbsp. dried cranberries (split into 2 equal portions)
- 1.5 x tbsp. soya cream
- 3 x tbsp. dairy free butter / marge (split into 3 equal portions)
- 2 x tbsp. vegetable shortening (I used Trex)
- Drain the kidney beans but reserve the liquid.
- Fry the onion and garlic in 1 tbsp of the butter until the onion is beginning to turn translucent
- Add the kidney beans and herbs and fry for 2 minutes longer.
- Put the content of the frying pan into a food processor and add the tomato puree, sage, thyme, mixed spice, salt, soya cream and ½ the cranberries. Whizz up until smooth. Leave alone until stage 7.
- Gently melt 1 tbsp of the butter and all of the shortening (in a microwave or over the stove).
- Whisk up the brine from the tin of kidney beans until pale and fluffy-looking. Carefully fold in the melted butter and shortening.
- Start up the food processor again on a slow setting. Slowly pour the butter-brine-shortening mix into the pâté. Whizz until completely mixed.
- Spoon into ramekins (or any nice looking small dish). Smooth down the tops and put in the fridge for 10 minutes or so.
- When the pâtés are chilled, melt the remaining butter and pour a thin but solid layer over the tops of each. Chill until the butter has completely solidified and turned opaque. You can use more butter if needed.
- I saved a few cranberries to decorate mine, but this is completely optional!
Enjoy on toast or crackers.