Paté makes a great starter to any meal and they are very easy to make and will keep for up to a week in the fridge.  Here are two recipes one very basic the other for a more extravagant  wild mushroom paté .

Basic Mushroom Paté Mushroom Pate

Ingredients

1 cube butter
1 pound of mushrooms
1/2 cup of shallots, minced, NOT garlic
1/4 cup of brandy
Dash of salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Method

Sauté shallots for 5-7 minutes in butter.

Chop mushrooms coarsely then  add to shallots and cook them over high heat for 2 minutes.

Heat the brandy.

Add to the mixture and ignite and stir until the flames die down

Place the mixture into a blender  and puree.

Add thesalt, pepper and lemon juice.

Serve with fresh crusty bread, toast or crackers.

Wild Mushroom Paté 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butterWild Mushroom Pate
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
2 teaspoons minced garlic
8 ounces wood ear or shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed, wiped clean and chopped coarsely
8 ounces fresh morel mushrooms, stems removed, wiped clean, and chopped coarsely
8 ounces fresh chanterelle mushrooms, stems trimmed, wiped clean and chopped coarsely
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoon truffle oil
4 ounces softened cream cheese
4 ounces softened goat cheese

Method

Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a large frying pan.
Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring all the time until soft about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they are wilted and starting to brown.
Add the wine, thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until the wine is almost all evaporated, about 5 minutes.
Add the parsley and truffle oil and cook for 30 seconds.

Transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend with the cheeses until well combined.
Add more seasoning, to taste if necessary. Spoon into a serving dish, cover and refrigerate until set, 3 to 4 hours.
Serve with fresh crusty bread, toast or crackers

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