With two of my recent themes being Hazelnuts from edible hedges and growing our own mushrooms, imagine how delighted I was to find this recipe over at Fungi Perfecti:

Shiitake Hazelnut Vegetarian Pate

4 oz Shiitake Mushrooms
1/8 tbsp thyme
3 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts
2 tsp dry sherry
3 oz Neufchatel cheese
1 tsp fresh parsley

Trim and discard woody ends from mushrooms. In a food processor, finely chop mushroom caps and stems. Melt butter in a medium skillet. Add mushrooms and garlic and saute for at least 5 minutes. Stir in thyme, pepper and salt. Chop parsley in food processor. Add hazelnuts and process. Add Neufchatel cheese and process until smooth. Add sherry and mushroom mixture, and process until well-mixed. Spread or mold in serving dish. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers. Yields 1 cup. Other mushrooms can be substituted for or combined with Shiitake.

Isn’t that just the perfect use for all my nice garden produce? (not sure how to grow a Sherry tree yet though 🙂 ) It’s a recipe from Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets – which is definitely on my to-buy list.

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