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Blue bowl filled with Mushroom Pâté, with toasted baguette slices on the side

Mushroom Pate

Earthy and savory, luxurious Mushroom Pâté will soon be part of your regular recipe rotation. Made with dense, meaty cremini (baby Portobello) mushrooms, it’s easy to prepare, too! And, it’s so full of deep umami flavors, even your meat-eating friends will love it.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Around 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 16 ounces baby portabella (cremini) mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion (white, light green and some of the dark green portion)
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • Juice from 1/2 to 1 lemon
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • Crackers, toasted baguette slices or toast points


  1. Remove the stems from the mushrooms, cut the caps in half and thinly slice.
  2. In a large sauté pan or skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are soft and liquid evaporates.
  3. Stir in the green onion and sherry; cook until liquid evaporates.
  4. Reduce heat to low; stir in thyme and cream cheese. Cook, stirring constantly, just until the cheese melts and mixture is blended.
  5. Remove from heat and season to taste with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Stir in pecans.
  6. Press mixture into a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate several hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  7. Serve with crackers, toasted baguette slices or toast points.


Make ahead: Pâté can be made up to 2 days ahead, covered and refrigerated.

Gluten free: serve with gluten free crackers or toast points.

  • Author: (From "Fresh Tastes" by Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Category: appetizers, gluten free, easy to prepare
  • Method: sauté
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: pate, cremini mushrooms, savory, earthy