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Mock Smoked Salmon Pate

What you need: 

3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thirds
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
1/2 cup ground walnuts
splash nondairy milk
3-5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup vegan cream cheese (I use Tofutti)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 sheets sushi nori, crumbled (for fishy flavor)
3 teaspoons smoked paprika powder (or regular paprika with a few drops of liquid smoke)
all purpose gourmet seasoning, to taste (I use Spike gourmet seasoning)
salt and pepper, to taste

What you do: 

1. Bring a pot of water to boil and add sweet potatoes. Boil sweet potatoes until soft enough for mashing (about 30 minutes). While sweet potatoes cook, sauté onion and bell pepper in a frying pan for about 15 minutes.
2. Add ground walnuts to onions and peppers during the last 5 minutes of cooking, to reduce the bitterness of the walnuts. When sweet potatoes are soft enough, drain remaining water, and place sweet potatoes in a large bowl.
3. Add a splash of vegan milk and mash the sweet potatoes into a paste. Should be soft and smooth. Mix in cooked onions, bell pepper, and ground walnuts with sweet potatoes.
4. Add garlic (raw for better flavor), vegan cream cheese, nutritional yeast, balsamic vinegar, sushi nori, paprika, gourmet seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix well. Let the paté sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Serve on crackers or toasted baguette. For a less chunky paté, blend all ingredients in a blender after cooking.
Source of recipe: I decided to get creative with the bounty of sweet potatoes I have.

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes, Cooking time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 
1 hour
Servings: 
4-6
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

Thanks for reviewing my recipe! I'm glad that it was a hit with your "granola" friends as well as yourself. I can't imagine any carnivores appreciating this recipe considering that they have most likely experienced REAL salmon pate, but I am flattered that you liked the dish enough to present it to such a hard to please group!

P.S. I couldn't figure out how to reply directly to your comment, this is not a review of my own recipe.

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I just took this to another potluck but this time the party members were all very carnivorous types who all brought various slaughtered animals to share. I would bet most of them have never even been to a natural foods store. This was not a hit with this crowd at all. I still love it though!

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I just made this tonight and took it to a party for a pupu (Hawaiian for appetizer). It got rave reviews from everyone. They loved it. This is a pretty granola crowd so they are used to healthy vegan food. Everyone wanted to know what was in it. Very nice concoction!

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