Mushroom Walnut Pate Recipe - Plantily (2024)

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Savoury and flavourful - this mushroom walnut pate makes a delicious plant-based appetizer or snack!

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If you’re entertaining, serve it up with some sliced baguette or crackers. But don’t let not having a party hold you back from making this recipe, it’s also delicious as a snack, spread on a sandwich, or even a slice of toast.

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It all starts with some chopped red onion, cremini mushrooms, and olive oil. Cook those over medium heat until the onions and mushrooms begin to brown. Then add in minced garlic, herbs, and balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan. Cook for a few minutes longer.

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Now it’s time to add that mixture to a food processor with toasted walnuts, miso, dijon, fresh parsley, and spices. Blend it up until until the pate is smooth and spreadable. Serve it fresh or let it cool in the fridge and serve cold.

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5 from 4 votes


Mushroom Walnut Pate

Serve up this flavourful vegan appetizer with some sliced baguette for a delicious party dish!


CuisineAmerican, French

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1cupred onion(chopped)
  • 2.5cupcremini mushrooms(chopped)
  • 2tablespoonolive oil
  • 2tablespoonbalsamic vinegar
  • 3clovegarlic(minced)
  • 1tablespoonrosemary(minced)
  • 1teaspoonthyme(chopped)
  • 1cupwalnuts(toasted and unsalted)
  • 2tablespoonfresh parsley(chopped)
  • 2tablespoonwhite miso paste
  • 1tablespoondijon mustard
  • ½teaspoonblack pepper
  • salt(to taste)


  1. Add onion, mushrooms and olive oil to a pan and sauté over medium heat until the onions and mushrooms soften and start to caramelize.

  2. Deglaze the pan with balsamic vinegar and add in chopped rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Sauté for another 3-5 minutes.

  3. Let the mushroom and onion mixture cool slightly before adding it to a food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until the pate becomes smooth and spreadable. Once blended, test the flavour and add salt (or any other ingredients) to taste.

    *You may need to scrape down the sides of your food processor when blending.

  4. Serve immediately or store pate in the fridge. Pate is traditionally served between cold and room temperature.

Want to serve up more delicious plant-based appies? Check out my pea pesto and dairy-free tzatziki recipes!

If you make this mushroom walnut pate, be sure to tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see.

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  1. Elisa

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    I made this twice over the holidays! My family is french and my mom always makes her famous pate (with chicken liver). I recently moved to a more plant-based diet and was looking for good alternatives. I made this for the whole family and it was gone before the other apero items! Sooooo good.


    • Plantily

      Ah amazing! I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed it 🙂


  2. Uric

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    This came out so well! I’ve shared the recipe. Thank you for posting it. Just a heads up we are oil free in our house and it is completely doable. 🙂


    • Uric

      Also, I substituted the whole cup of walnuts for half cup walnut, half cup pecan. I did this in order to give it a little varied depth in flavor. I highly recommend doing the same sometime. 🙂


    • Plantily

      I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review and sharing your modifications 🙂


  3. Jan

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    Just made this with sh*take mushrooms as needed using. Absolutely delicious, rich and full of flavour. Thank you for this recipe, will definitely be passing onto the rest of my vegan family.


  4. Véronique

    Hi! This recipe looks delicious. Are the rosemary and thyme fresh?


    • Plantily

      I use fresh, but you should be able to sub dried. Just use a bit less as dried will have a more concentrated flavour.


  5. Marlene

    Is there something that I can use in place of miso? I won’t be able to get it in my small town…what about a little vegemite? Thank you!


    • Plantily

      Yes, I think you could probably use vegemite. I'd start with less at first and then adjust to your taste. You could also omit the miso and just adjust the salt to taste. But vegemite would probably add a more complex flavour than salt alone.


  6. Cindy Green

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    I made this for a New Years Eve gathering with vegan-gluten free friends. It was outstanding. The only thing I think I would do differently would be to purée it a bit longer, it was more like a rustic pate but delicious.


  7. Marisol Riddell

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    Delicious!!!! Tasted amazing just as the recipe was written, but I wanted a little more funk flavor in mine so I added some Nooch, about 2 tablespoons, a quarter cup of white wine,, and a dash of Worcestershire


    • Plantily

      Yum, love how you made it your own!


  8. La

    Is there a substitute for white miso?


    • Plantily

      You can leave it out and add a little more salt, to taste. Or add a dash of soy sauce, that would add salt and help with a more complex flavour.


  9. Suzanne Allen

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    Thank you so much for this recipe. My friends go crazy for it and always demand I make it if they are coming over. Truth is I love it as well. It is perfect to spread on a fresh baguette and is an absolute taste sensation. I have made a lot of mediocre mushrooms pate's looking for the perfect recipe and you have nailed it


    • Plantily

      Thanks for the sweet comment! I'm so glad you and your friends enjoy the pate 🙂


  10. Claire

    Absolutely delicious! My only switch away from your original was to swap one tbsp of Balsamic for Worcestershire sauce (I’m a Brit and we can’t resist, but it does of course contain anchovies, so not for vegans). I only had dried herbs so used 1/2 the recipe measures and that worked beautifully.
    Soooo yummy, we’ll be making this one regularly.
    Thank you!


  11. Deanna

    Can this be made raw?


    • Plantily

      No, this recipe cannot be made raw. The flavour and texture would be significantly different.


  12. Marlene

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    Just finished making this and I can't stop licking the spoon! I'm not gonna have any left for my party because it's too delicious 😀


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