Monday, June 14, 2010

Daring Cooks: Spicy Bean, Walnut, and Sun Dried Tomato Pate with Honey Wheat Bread

Pate and bread!! Perfect combination that always reminds me of Michaelmas in London. Brightly lit streets, exotic foods in creatively decorated containers, and loads of colour and warmth all around. Pate is in-season and and so are herbed crackers that go with it. Then again pates remind me of summer in England - they make a wonderful addition to any picnic basket - whether you plan to watch the boat races or head off to the Wimbledon Greens for a day out!!
Imagine my delight when Valerie and Evelyne suggested Pate with bread as the Daring Cooks challenge of the month!! Its been ages since I made pate at home, though bread baking is a regular feature!! I decided to make the vegetarian pate they suggested but tweaked the recipe to our taste at home. Also I baked a honey wheat sandwich loaf which complemented the pate beautifully. Thanks ladies for a great challenge this June!!

1 cup red kidney beans, cooked
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic,minced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped roughly
1/3 cup walnuts
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp +1tsp olive oil
8 pieces of sun-dried tomatoes in oil

  1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add the onions and garlic. Saute gently.
  2. Add the jalapeno and kidney beans. Mix well.
  3. Pour in a quarter cup of water. Cook until the beans are really tender - crush roughly and allow the mix to dry to a paste like mix on low heat. turn of heat and set aside.
  4. In a separate pan, heat the other teaspoon of olive oil. Add the cumin, and then the crushed walnuts. Stir fry on medium heat, season with crushed black pepper.
  5. Turn off heat and cool.
To Assemble:
  1. Place 2-3 pieces of sun-dried tomato in oil at the base of a small ramekin.
  2. Add one tablespoon of walnuts and press into the tomatoes. 
  3. Finally, press the cooked beans onto the walnuts. Pack them in properly.
  4. Pour some of the oil in which the sun-dried tomato was preserved onto the pate.
  5. Cool completely. 
This recipe will give you individual portions of the pate. When ready to serve, unmould and serve with your choice of bread. The recipe for the bread follows!!

Post Script: Our hostesses this month, Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eatz, and Valerie of a The Chocolate Bunny, chose delicious pate with freshly baked bread as their June Daring Cook’s challenge! They’ve provided us with 4 different pate recipes to choose from and are allowing us to go wild with our homemade bread choice.

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  1. Pate looks so good, can just scoop up with a piece of bread, great post!

  2. Very interesting dish, pate looks simply superb..

  3. I have no idea what Pate is, but surely looks beautiful and drool-worthy !!!

  4. Oh my goodness. This sounds and looks heavenly. Love your blog. Your previous chickpea entry has my mouthwatering too, even though I just had dinner.

  5. Oh wow! Your pate and bread look amazing. Great job on the challenge!

  6. That pate sounds really good! Can I come over next time you make it? I'll bring dessert... Seriously, great job, and thank you for sharing your creativity!!

  7. Wow your flavor combinations are awesome. The pate sounds interesting and the honey bread looks delicious!

  8. This looks amazing. So fun to see all the pates!


  9. Great pate and the honey wheat bread, yummy!

  10. Honey bread - YUM!!!! And the flavor combination of your pâté sounds very interesting!!!

  11. That's a interesting recipe...looks so gud

  12. Very creative and delicious sounding pate, and I know I'd love the bread! Great work!

  13. The flavors sound Southwestern and Mediterranean-a great fusion pate! Looks great and the bread a perfect accompaniment. Wonderful job on the challenge

  14. I'm amazed at the variety of pate the challenge has produced. I love this vegetable version.

  15. My mouth literally watered when I read 'spicy bean, walnut and sun dried tomato pate with honey whole wheat bread'. Then I scrolled down and it watered even more. Such a unique and creative idea, and a must try for me. Beautifully done!


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