I received a copy of the visually appealing and sassy vegan cookbook, Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan. We decided to jump in and try one of the recipes for tonight’s Half Marathon Celebration party. Sandy whipped up Morgan’s recipe for “Save a Duck Pate”. It is the first dip recipe I have ever seen that utilizes tempeh and I think that is the greatest idea ever.
Save A Duck Pate
from Blissful Bites
1 8 oz package of tempeh, cubed
1/2 C almonds
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp (fresh squeezed) lemon juice
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp filtered water
1 Tbsp white miso (we used paste, not sure if the liquid form would be different)
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp Tamari
Pinch sea salt
4 Tbsp fresh dill (we used dry and dialed back to 3 Tbsp)
Handful of parsley (our version had a heavy handful, we love parsley)
Make it Happen:
Steam (or boil) the tempeh for 10 minutes. Process almonds until fine in a food processor, then add tempeh and blend for two more minutes. Add the rest of the pate ingredients and process until smooth. Be sure to scrape around the edges of the processor a few times to incorporate all the ingredients. Form pate into a shape or loaf and serve with crackers or veggies of your choice. For our own eye appeal, we dusted the loaf with dried dill as you can see from our photo.
The pate was hearty and unbelievably meaty. So much so in fact, your taste buds may deem you untrustworthy. We rolled ours in dill as a reminder to my brain that it was plant based. It will satisfy the most carnivorous of guests. I think you should be a little fiendish and bring this with you to a Holiday party and don’t bother to mention the part about it being plant-based, no one will even notice and they will think you have spent a bundle and fallen off the veg wagon just to please them.
It is different than any veg dip I have ever tried and deeply flavorful. It was super easy to make and the perfect pair with hearty grain crackers. I know our guests are going to enjoy it.
I plan on sharing more about Blissful Bites but for now, cheers to adding another stellar vegan dip to your appetizer arsenal.
Have a delicious day.
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