Holiday pate

<b>Vegetable pate</b><br>
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Prep: 40 minutes<br>
Cook: 60 minutes<br>
Servings: 12<br>
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<b>Ingredients: </b><br>
5 carrots<br>
4 ribs celery<br>
1 large onion<br>
5 tablespoons olive oil<br>
3 cloves garlic<br>
2 tablespoons water<br>
1/2 teaspoon sea salt<br>
8 ounces mushrooms, chopped medium-fine<br>
&#190; cup tahini<br>
2 tablespoons miso<br>
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley<br>
1&#189; teaspoons each: paprika, thyme<br>
1 teaspoon rosemary<br>
&#189; teaspoon each: allspice, nutmeg, pepper<br>
3 cups soft, whole grain breadcrumbs, loosely packed<br>
9 ounce (or larger) bag fresh spinach<br>
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons ground walnuts<br>
12 cherry tomatoes, halved<br>
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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.<br>
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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.)<br>
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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.<br>
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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.<br>
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<b>Nutrition information:</b><br>
<i>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.</i>

( Photo by Bill Hogan )

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.

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