13 September 2012

Spiced Moroccan Pâté


I bought some ciabatta for a light dinner. Then I had a moment. Graham is a vegan now. What the heck was I going to put on his ciabatta before I toasted it? We usually add some sort of cheese to our filling. Feta, halloumi, mozzarella........     

I put my thinking cap on and came up with this spiced pate. Of course, I made it in my Vitamix. Have I told you how much I love my new toy yet?

The final ciabatta, was toasted lightly and spread with a thick layer of pate, topped with a layer of puy lentils with sundried tomatoes, then topped with a layer of thinly sliced red onion that had been marinated in balsamic vinegar. Graham pronounced it yummy! Yes, that as descriptive as his critic gets, bless him.

I would have added some garlic to the pate, but hubby isn't keen on garlic. It tasted pretty good without it. It tastes fairly mild, then you get a kick from the chilli.


 




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Spiced Moroccan Pate
A smooth, spicy pate that is suitable for vegans and packed with protein. Made in minutes.
Ingredients
  • 100g cooked chickpeas
  • 100g firm tofu
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • a good grinding of salt
  • a good grinding of black pepper
  • a dash of worcestershire sauce (veggie) -optional
Instructions
1. Blend all the ingredients in a Vitamix or blender. You could mash the ingredients, but you wouldn't get the same smooth finish. 
2. Check the seasoning and top with a dash of worcestershire sauce.
3. Serve on oatcakes, in ciabatta, in panini, on a tortilla wrap or with crudités. Oh and it would be good on toast too. 
4. The pate will sit happily in the fridge for a few days.

Details
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Yield: 1 bowlful

30 comments:

  1. Graham is a VEGAN? Wow! What happened, there?!

    That pate sounds quite tasty! We'll have to give it a try!

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    1. Oh it has been a month or so, so far. He toyed with it before, but s really sticking to it now. Once that boy makes his mind up.......

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  2. This Moroccan pate looks divine...a great starter!!!
    The bowl is lovely!
    Have a nice day

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    1. Thanks Manu. The bowl is Turkish, I got it in the North of Cyprus. I love it too :)

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  3. sounds delicious - I would add a little garlic because I love a bit of bite (though not too much!) - I like the combination of chickpea and tofu and then sound of the sandwiches - can highly recommend the vegan cheese I made on my blog last month

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    1. Oh I will have to have a look at your vegan cheese Johanna and you have just gave me the idea that this would be great spread on sandwiches that aren't toasted too.

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  4. I could never be vegan since I would need to give up cheese, but as a locavore...smile...this dip sounds delicious.

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    1. I had to look that one up Val. It is good, vegan or not :)

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  5. I didn't know you got a veggie worcestershire sauce!

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    1. Yes, you can buy it quite easily here in the UK. The original sauce has anchovies in it.

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  6. Okay, I confess...not only am I not vegan, I'm not vegetarian either! However, I really like the look of this veggie pate and I have some chickpeas in the cupboard. I don't have a vitamix but my food processor should be able to cope with this.

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    1. I am sure it will cope with the pate. Hope you enjoy it :)

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  7. It's great to blend in minutes a yummy pate like this! I'm not vegan or vegetarian but I prefer vegetables fillings (no cheese or eggs). I would add garlic to it because I like the flavour!

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    1. I too love garlic Rita. I am defiitely going to sneak some in next time, although it is pretty good without it.

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  8. Oh yummers! I am loving the look of this, pates like these go down easily in my house. My husband is pescitarian and Aditi is vegetarian and I can easily see them loving it.

    When did your husband go vegan, by the way? And I LOVE that bowl too, so pretty!!

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    1. He has been vegan for about 6 weeks now, maybe longer. He is doing really well. I'd hate it!

      The bowl I couldn't resist, got them in Cyprus.

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  9. I reckon you you sneak in a clove or two of roasted garlic without him noticing!

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  10. Wow - cooking for a vegan must keep you on your toes. This is a great recipe for a light meal though, I'm liking your work ;0)

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    1. Thanks Chele. I do definitely have to think more now before I make a meal.

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  11. Sounds like a delicious pate to me. And no, I wouldn't have put garlic in there because I have a hatred of garlic! It's very irritating because so many bought spreads have garlic in them. Good Luck to Graham on being vegan, and to you, catering for him!

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    1. You are just like Graham then, although I add it to everything and he rarely notices :)

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  12. Hi, This looks very yummy and mouth watering. definitely i will try and let u know. you have described it really good anyone can follow it . thanks for a wonderful recipe.

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  13. Looks delicious Jac - think I would be pining for garlic too.
    Like your bowl it was presented in - it has a Morroccan feel to it.

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    1. It is a rather nice bowl. I have two of them. The other is turquoise inside. They are both from Turkey via North Cyprus :)

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  14. Made this last week and it is truly delicious - quite firey tho but I really like that. Have used it both as a dip and a spread on warm middle eastern flatbreads when making wraps. To die for! Tks for sharing.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Izzy. Must have been great on the flatbreads :)

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