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Red Lentil Pecan Pate

This dish is a fantastic way to impress guests when served with crackers or carrot and celery sticks. It also makes a wonderful sandwich spread.



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1 cup red lentils, sorted and rinsed
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2 Tbs. olive oil
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1 medium sweet onion, such as Walla Walla or Vidalia, chopped (1½ cups)
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4 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped (1½ Tbs.)
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1 ½ cups toasted pecan pieces, plus more for garnish
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⅓ cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
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2 Tbs. yellow miso paste
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1 Tbs. rice vinegar
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1 tsp. dried basil
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½ tsp. dried thyme
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½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper


1. Bring lentils, 3 cups water, and pinch salt, if desired, to a boil in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, or until soft. Drain, and cool.

2. Heat oil in skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 10 minutes, or until onion is golden. Cool.

3. Pulse pecans in food processor until thick paste forms. Add lentils and onion mixture, and purée until smooth. Add parsley, miso, rice vinegar, basil, thyme, and pepper; pulse until combined.

4. Transfer to bowl. Cover, and chill 4 hours. To serve: Invert pâté onto plate. Garnish with pecans and parsley.

Nutrition Information: 

6 g
Total Fat: 
13 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
14 g
0 mg
128 mg
4 g
2 g
Serves 12

Comments on this Recipe

savory and satisfying - what a complex mix of flavors! You can also stuff vegetables with it -top with drizzled balsamic reduction - the colors look pretty together and it brings out the flavors well. I used regular miso, worked just fine

THis is one of the best recipes for any pate, and we were in the haute cuisine food business. Your other great recipe s te Oaty-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I was in a hummus rut and this hit the spot! Super smooth and delicious with any raw veggie or pita bread.

Sooooo delicious! I love serving this at parties, or really anytime. My 16 year old son likes this so much he had me teach him to make it. Excellent with vegies, crackers or chips. Faster and easier to make than hummus. If you are even considering this recipe, give it a try!

This is an awesome healthy dip or sandwich spread. It really tastes like pate (or braunschwiger)!!!

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