Exotic Appetizers

Mushroom and Walnut Pate

What are Exotic Appetizers?

When a person hears the word exotic, they typically imagine something really funky or unique. When it comes to food, they might even imagine strange, because exotic usually means an ingredient or a dish that is only available in a certain region. Sometimes exotic appetizers even mean far out types of food – that a lot of people aren’t willing to try, simply because it is exotic. For instance, in many European and third world countries, all parts of an animal are cooked, such as the eyes, brains and even sexual organs. Most people would never want to try those dishes, simply because they don’t like what it contains, not necessarily how it tastes.

If you are up for experimenting a little with your taste buds, you can find exotic foods that are weird or too off the charts. They are exotic because of the richness of the flavor or in how hard it is to find an ingredient. Following is a recipe that is exotic because it contains mushrooms that aren’t so easy to locate in just any corner of the US.

Mushroom and Walnut Pate

What you will need:

  • 1 c walnuts
  • ½ c shallots, minced
  • 2 sticks butter
  • ¼ lb shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • ¼ lb crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • ¼ lb portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tbsp roasted garlic puree
  • ¼ c parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 2 tbsp virgin olive oil

How you make it:

Coat a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place the walnuts in a single layer and place in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.

In a skillet, add the shallots and butter and cook until they are soft. Add in the mushrooms, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Continue to cook until the mixture is soft and the liquid runs dry.

Using a blender or food processor, pour in the toasted walnuts and the olive oil. Combine until they make a paste. Add the mushroom mixture in and continue to process until smooth or your desired consistency to use as a dip or a spread.

Place the entire mixture in to a bowl and chill for several hours before serving. Remove from the refrigerator and serve with crackers, pita chips or crackers. The pate can be spread over plain bread or toasted pieces if you prefer to have a warm appetizer for the night.