Almond Pâté

Pâté is a spreadable mixture of chopped or ground meat, fat and seasonings, often served with toasts as a starter. It may be cooked in a pastry (Pâté en croûte), or in a mold (Pâté en terrine). But there is no meat in my pâté, but ground almonds. Sounds fabulous? What else do you expect from Tassajara?

We were head-over-heels in love with this spread, to say the least. G, who loves everything almond, has declared that this pâté should always be on hand for a quick fix, anytime. That says it all, I guess.

Almond Pâté

Ingredients

Onion – 1 cup, minced
Butter – 1 tbsp
Green chilli – 1, minced (optional)
Cumin powder – ½ tsp
Mixed herbs (I used parsley, chives and rosemary) – 2 tbsp, minced
Raw almonds – 1 cup
Bread crumbs – heaping ½ cup
Soy sauce – 1 tsp
Garlic – 1 clove, minced
Mayonnaise – 3 to 4 tbsp
Salt
Pepper
Lemon slices
Butter paper – to roll

Method

In a skillet over medium-low heat, lightly toast the bread crumbs. Transfer to a big bowl. In the same skillet, melt butter and sauté onions along with cumin powder and garlic. When the onions are soft, transfer to the bowl with breadcrumbs.

Grind almonds to a coarse meal, like rava or cornmeal. Add to breadcrumbs and onion. Also add fresh herbs, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper, and work with your fingers to bring it all together. Add mayonnaise 1 tbsp at a time, until the mixture holds together. Transfer the mixture to a butter paper and roll into a log. Cover well and refrigerate until ready to use.

Serve with toasts, lemon slices and tomatoes. Spread pate over a toast, squeeze lemon juice and top with a tomato.

This is my entry to Waiter, there is something in my… Dried fruits and nuts, hosted by Andrew of Spittoon Extra. Since this makes an excellent open-faced sandwich, I am also sending this to Anupama of Food-n-more, who is celebrating Sandwich Festival this month.

My latest post at The Daily Tiffin - Herbs: More Than Just A Garnish.

29 comments:

Raaga said...

Am able to view your bloig after ages today... this looks so appetizing :-)

Srivalli said...

lovely pictures as usual suganya..must've been so yummy right!..:)

sunita said...

Sug, this is a fantastic idea...thanks...love almonds :-)

Anupama said...

Great Entry Suganya, Thanks a lot. Photograph amazing as usual.

bee said...

we've been trying a lot of recipes from that book. love them.

Hetal said...

hey this is a gr8 recipe,looks too yummyy!!

ranji said...

this is soooooooo good suganya!!!love the look and presnetation too..
i always wanted to ask u 1 thing..how many shots does it take for u to get 1 good shot:)...u have so many lovely photos of ur recipes in ur blog...i really admire them and drool over them:)..so catchy and tempting too..keep up good work

mimi said...

i usually just buy a veggie pate, but this almond version looks delish! i am going to try it out for our next party.

Suma Rajesh said...

This looks awesome....and yummy tooo...

Uma said...

lovely sandwich and the almond pate sounds interesting.

Mansi Desai said...

I loved the idea of this paate Sugs! it surely has an earthy feeling to it, and almonds with those herbs must've been a nice flavor combo!:)

Meeta said...

We love pate too and this really does sound exceptionally good!

Vanamala said...

Nice & new to me :)

Kalai said...

Wow! I'm loving the combo of nuts and herbs... Sounds mouth wateringly good! :)

Lucy said...

Incredibly delicious.

And I have everything I need, right now.

How often does that happen?

Kevin said...

This savoury Almond Pâté sounds really interesting!

Asha said...

I love savory Pates anytime, looks fabulous Suganya, yum!:))

Susan said...

A savory marzipan - I'm hooked. Love the glow you've got going in that photo, too.

farida said...

What an interesting pate recipe! Your pictures are amazing.

Arundathi said...

lovely photos and what a great recipe! I'm gonna have to try this! :)

Gattina said...

it is a very creative recipe! Oh mine, can't take my eyes off your gorgeous photo!

Lisa said...

Pate without meat is a fine idea indeed. Quite a blend of flavours here. Sounds delicious.

Nandita said...

AS lovely as everything else you dish out!
Have tagged u for a meme.

Sig said...

Wow, I love the idea of this spread,everything in it sounds delicious!

Sophie said...

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Johanna said...

this sounds great - I have been really getting into pate recipes lately so I can have one on hand in the fridge for snacks - this is one I have to try

Andrew said...

Sounds really fabulous!

Thanks for taking part in Waiter.

Yasmeen said...

Hey suganya,guess what? I'm a big almond fan,it was exciting to try this recipe,tasted awesome.I Don't usually cook savory food with almonds other than gravies,this was an absolutely fantastic recipe.Thanks.:)
I have a request from a food event host ,who is featuring almonds this month.Can I send your recipe over to the almond food event?please?:)

Aparna said...

I just made your pate, Suganya and it was awesome. Thanks.
Have posted it on my blog http://mydiversekitchen.blogspot.com/2009/03/almond-pate-crostini-and-memorable.html

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