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French Mushroom Lentil Pate

kept bycajunlibra
recipe byDavid Lebovitz

Adapted from Très Green, Très Green, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler

Lentils double in volume when cooked, so 1 cup (160g) of dried lentils will yield close to the correct amount. They usually take about 20 to 30 minutes to cook until soft, but check the directions on the package for specific guidelines. If avoiding gluten, use tamari instead of soy sauce. For a vegan version, replace the butter with the same quantity of olive oil, for a total of 1/4 cup (60ml) of olive oil. The cognac or brandy is optional, but it does give the faux gras a little je ne sais quoi.


12 medium-sized button mushrooms (100g, about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted
1 small onion, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 cups (400g) cooked green lentils
1 cup (140g) toasted walnuts or pecans
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
2 tablespoons fresh sage or flat leaf parsley
optional: 2 teaspoons Cognac or brandy
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and freshly ground black pepper



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