I’ve been asked to post my Recipe for Chestnut and Courgette Paté. So I thought I’d do this on a separate page that might get added too from time to time.

Chestnut and Courgette Paté  

Ingredients

1 Tin vacuum packed chestnuts (240gms)
500 gms (approx.) courgettes
80 gms salted butter
1½ Tablespoons of Soy Sauce or Tamari
1½  Tablespoons of dry Sherry (any type, though I prefer Manzanilla)
2 Medium size garlic cloves.
A little olive Oil

Method

Preheat oven to 190 deg C
Clean trim and slice the Courgettes into 1 cm rounds
Brush with a little olive and place on a baking sheet
Roast in oven, turning every 15 mins., until roughly reduced in weight to half (about 240 gms) about 40 mins.
Melt the butter in a heavy pan and add chopped garlic, cook until softened, not brown
Add the courgettes to pan and leave on low heat to warm through
Meanwhile blitz chestnuts into small pieces in food processor
Add courgettes melted butter garlic from frying pan to food processor
Deglaze the pan with Soy and Sherry and add to food processor
Blitz together until preferred consistency – pretty smooth in my case
Decant to serving dish or container
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, can be made a day in advance.

Serve in a bowl for a buffet, or plate an ice cream scoop for a starter

Serves about 8 as a starter, with a dressed carrot salad and cornichons

I devised this as a vegetarian (or ethical) substitute to foie gras, to be served with Sauternes – but I prefer to drink a chilled Loire demi-sec with it.

You can substitute other vegetables for the cougettes: peppers, mushrooms….

You can use other nuts, especially cashew nuts – though I find walnuts give a bitter note.