Los Angeles Times

Holiday pate

Vegetable pate Prep: 40 minutes Cook: 60 minutes Servings: 12 Ingredients: 5 carrots 4 ribs celery 1 large onion 5 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons water 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped medium-fine ¾ cup tahini 2 tablespoons miso 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley 1½ teaspoons each: paprika, thyme 1 teaspoon rosemary ½ teaspoon each: allspice, nutmeg, pepper 3 cups soft, whole grain breadcrumbs, loosely packed 9 ounce (or larger) bag fresh spinach 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons ground walnuts 12 cherry tomatoes, halved 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Chop carrots, celery and onion into 2-3 inch chunks; heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a wide skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped vegetables, garlic, water and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook, turning heat to low after vegetables begin to steam, 10 minutes. Vegetables will still be crisp. Grind coarsely in a food processor. 2. With a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to a large bowl. (Save cooking liquid to use in a soup.) Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the pan over medium heat. Add mushrooms; season with a pinch of salt. Cook, 5 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to bowl with a slotted spoon. (Use remaining liquid in a soup.) 3. Mix tahini and miso with the herbs and spices; stir into vegetables. Stir in breadcrumbs. Transfer mixture to an oiled 9-inch spring form pan; bake, 60 minutes. 4. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the skillet on medium heat. Add spinach; cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup walnuts and a pinch of salt. Grind the mixture in a food processor for several seconds. Spread over the baked pate. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons walnuts. Place tomatoes, cut side down, around edge of pan. Bake, 5 minutes. Let cool. Gently slide a knife around sides of pan. Cut into wedges. Nutrition information: Per serving: 262 calories, 16 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 25 g carbohydrates, 8 g protein, 296 mg sodium, 5 g fiber.Photo by Bill Hogan