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Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté

An easy mushroom and chestnut pâté made in minutes and blended until smooth. Serve with oatcakes, use as a sandwich filler or top veggie burgers with this delicious veggie pâté.

Easy Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté with oatcakes

Homemade Pate

When I'm shopping I often waste time looking in the pâté section of the chillers for a mushroom pâté or any veggie pâté really and yes it's a waste of time.

Although I've found them in the past, the supermarkets don't seem to stock them anymore.

I used to like the original Tartex, which is a paste or pâté made with nutritional yeast and is sold in a tube in health food shops, but they changed the recipe and I really don't like it now.

Plus the pâté in tubes is just too smooth for my liking. I like a bit of texture to a pâté.

It was time to make my own and as it's so easy to make there is no excuse really.

readers comment (made it last year at Christmas and loved it.

reader's comment 'best pate ever!".

3 large flat cap mushrooms

Mushroom foraging

November is the perfect time to go mushroom hunting.

This traditionally damp time of year is the time when forests are full of mushrooms. Of course you need to know what you're looking for as you can easily make a mistake and eat a poisonous mushroom which can cause stomach cramps, make you severely ill or even cause death.

If you're not an expert, you should really go mushroom hunting with an organised group led by a professional forager.

Which mushrooms?

If you're foraging in the supermarket for mushrooms, look our for portabello mushrooms or large flat cap mushroom for flavour.

Chestnut mushrooms can be good for flavour too, but the cheaper white closed cup mushrooms don't have a lot of flavour. 

You can also re-hydrate and chop some dried mushrooms and add them to the pot for extra flavour.

I used large flat cap mushrooms for this recipe.

roasted and shelled chestnuts


If you love Christmas traditions and have lots of time to potter about in the kitchen, ie you don't have a family, a job and a blog to look after, then roast your chestnuts and remove the shells.

If you're time poor like me, buy them pre-packed. 

I got my pre-roasted and shelled chestnuts from Asda.

They're from Merchant Gourmet, who do a fabulous range of larder products in sachets like puy lentils, mixed grains and these rather convenient chestnuts.

Tesco is supposed to stock them too (and I'm sure other major supermarkets), but my local branch didn't have them.

Mushroom, Lentil and Nut Wellington

How to serve mushroom pâté

Mushroom Wellington

As Christmas is approaching, why not use my mushroom pâté in a mushroom wellington?

Spread a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry with my Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté, top it with a mixture of mushrooms cooked with nuts, oats and herbs, then wrap the pastry in a sausage roll shape and bake or try my Mushroom, Lentil and Nut Wellington.

Scottish Oatcakes

The traditional way to serve a Scottish oat based pâté like this one is with oatcakes. 

There are so many fabulous oatcakes available to buy from fine to rough. Some circular biscuits and other types come in a rough triangle. They are all the perfect base for this tasty pâté.

You can also make your own oatcakes. Try these traditional Scottish oatcakes from Hamlyns. It's a super easy recipe for a rough oatcake.


A rich pâté like this is fabulous on toast, especially if you have a tiger loaf, bloomer loaf or a sourdough loaf to slice thickly and toast. 

You could be more extravagant and brush the bread with a little olive oil before toasting and then rub with a clove of garlic before spreading on the pate. Oh yes!

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Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté with Oatcakes

Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté

To make this pâté, you saute shallots and garlic in olive oil, until soft, then add the mushrooms and fresh thyme and cook gently for lots of flavour. 

While they're cooking I season them well with salt and pepper and add some veggie Worcestershire sauce (which is suitable for vegans).

Once the mushrooms are soft, I add the roughly chopped chestnuts and oats and cook for another couple of minutes to give the flavours a change to absorb.

I then add cream cheese and blend the pâté in a food processor until it is quite smooth, but still has a bit of texture. 

You could use your favourite cream cheese. If you're making a vegan pate I recommend Violife Creamy.

If you enjoy this pate, you may also like my white bean and black olive pate over on my lunch blog The Vegan Lunchbox.

Hamlyns Scottish Porridge Oats and Oatmeal

Hamlyns Oats

I created this recipe for and using Hamlyns Oats. I used the porridge oats but the oatmeal would work in this recipe too.

Hamlyns of Scotland is a family business, which has been owned by the same family for 14 generations. Last year it celebrated it's 50th birthday. 

So if you are reaching for a bag of oats in the supermarket, look for the Hamlyns logo for high quality grains and to support a family business.

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Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté
An easy mushroom and chestnut pate made in minutes and blended until smooth. Serve with oatcakes at Christmas, use as a sandwich filler or top veggie burgers with this delicious veggie pate.
Yield: 8-10

Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté

An easy mushroom and chestnut pâté made in minutes and blended until smooth. Serve with oatcakes at Christmas, use as a sandwich filler or top veggie burgers with this delicious veggie pâté.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 25 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 250g/3 large flat cap mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp veggie worcestershire sauce
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
  • 100g roasted chestnuts, shelled and chopped
  • 6 tbsp porridge oats
  • 5 tbsp cream cheese ( standard or vegan)


  1. Saute the shallots and garlic in olive oil gently until soft.
  2. Add the mushrooms and thyme and cook until the mushrooms are soft. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper while they are cooking.
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the oats and chestnuts and stir until well combined.
  5. Add the mushroom mixture to a food processor with the cream cheese and blend until fairly smooth.
  6. Serve or keep in the fridge for a couple of days until required.
  7. Enjoy!
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For more Scottish recipes have a look at my recipe index of Scottish Recipes for Vegans and Vegetarians

Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Recipes

Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Recipes

For more easy and delicious Christmas recipes visit my page Veggie Christmas, which I will be updating with new recipes throughout the season.

Check out the Hamlyns website for more oat recipes and ideas.

If you like this pate, try my spicy black bean pate or my spiced moroccan pate.

Disclosure: I created this recipe for Hamlyns. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Ooh, I remember Tartex from the shops when I was a kid - I haven't seen that in EONS. It's definitely so easy to make your own paté that there's no excuse not to try. The mushroom sounds tasty; we just did one with soaked cashews and pimento as well!

    1. I used to love it on toast but I tried it recently & didn't like the change in flavour.

      As to soaking cashews, I never do it. I really can't be bothered. I just wamt to go in the kitchen & cook without having to prepare the night before.

  2. Looks delicious. I think this would go down very well on a festive platter - maybe I could try some for snacking on during presents at Christmas.

    1. Oh yes that would be good. Just have plenty of oatcakes.

  3. I agree with you that it is a waste of time looking for a half decent mushroom pate in the chiller section. Can't wait to try your recipe out for myself, looks great.

  4. We love easy recipes.. This mushroom and chestnut pâté will be wonderful to grace our tables for christmas gathering.

  5. OMG I HAVE to make this! What a wonderful idea and it seems so easy to make.

  6. This sounds amazing! I've never made my own pate either, so going to give this a go. I'm definitely a supermarket forager though.

  7. Great recipe perfect for the Christmas table! Simple and easy to make love this idea!

  8. This recipe is just what I've been searching for. It is so delicious and perfect for the busy holiday season. Thanks for an awesome recipe.

  9. Interesting I never thought of using oats in pate! I love a good one and my daughter is leaning heavily towards being a vegetarian and am always looking for alternatives for her!

  10. What a great recipe, really useful to have something like this around over the festive period.

  11. Looks delicious! a wonderful dish for Christmas!

  12. I know what you mean about suoermArkets not stocking good mushroom pate anymore! Much better idea to make your own. Thanks for the recipe :-D

  13. I love pate and this one sounds so delicious! Chestnuts are perfect for adding a bit of crunch to festive dishes and I agree that pate should have some texture to it instead of being too smooth! I would absolutely love it on some melba toast or oatcakes as a part of festive spread!

  14. I love homemade pate, shop bought just doesn’t compare! This looks delicious, I’ll have to give it a try!

  15. This really does look divine, especially with oatcakes (my fave!).

  16. Interesting recipe!! Never tried before.. it looks delicious!

  17. What a great idea! I would never have thought to make this myself! It would be wonderful to serve to guests over the holidays!

  18. Yum! I love a split red lentil pate as well. Regarding Worcestershire sauce - some supermarkets stock 'Mushroom Ketchup'. It's not thick like tomato ketchup but more like Worcestershire sauce so that's what I would use in this recipe.

    1. Oh yes those are good and yes mushroom ketchup is good. I must remember to promote that too. Thanks for the reminder.

  19. Made this mushroom pate a few days ago.Used half the amount of dried thyme. Delicious. Have used it in baked potatoes, omelette and mushroom hating grandkids spag bol. Also added some to homemade soup for a blast of savory richness a bit like miso. Will definitely make it again and might try tarragon.

    1. Wow you certainly got your moneys worth out of it. Very inspired
      I am so glad you enjoyed it.


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