I'll be the first to admit that this isn't the most appetizing thing I've ever photographed. But I will also tell you that the flavor of this pate is absolutely delicious.
I used a combination of shiitake, straw, oyster, and baby bella mushrooms, but you could easily substitute whatever you happen to have. Not only is this recipe extremely delicious, but it's also extremely easy to make. From start to finish, it took me about 15 minutes. That's some quick work!
Serve with bagel crips, crackers, or everything flatbread(as seen here). This would also make a great sandwich filling or would be a fantastic little spread to tuck in the center of an omelet.
Exotic Mushroom Pate
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp diced shallot
2 cups chopped mushrooms
pinch of salt
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 oz cream cheese
In a saucepan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil. Add shallots and saute for 30 seconds. Add mushrooms, sprinkle with a pinch or two of salt, and saute for 4-5 minutes, until almost soft. Add thyme leaves and saute for an additional minute. Remove from heat and spoon mushroom mixture into a small food processor. Add cream cheese and process until smooth. Add balsamic vinegar, salt to taste, and pulse until mixed in. Chill, serve, and enjoy!