Thermomix Veggie Paté Recipe

Thermomix veggie pate on toastI’ve been making versions of this fabulous veggie paté recipe for years. It was one of the first five recipes converted for the TM31 when Thermomix landed in my kitchen in 2009. Ever since that day I’ve wanted to share the veggie paté with readers of this blog but the problem was… I tend to get carried away and make it differently every time!

Sure, the basics remain constant: yam and sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, soy sauce, lemon and thyme. But I do love to play with my food so there was always the addition of a little something else… or quantities that varied according to what the pantry offered that day etc. Whimsy and inconsistency do not make for good recipe blogging!

To offer a recipe on this blog means it needs to test out repeatedly with identical fool-proof results. Yet for some of us, it’s hard to refrain from improvisation. I would follow my own recipe twice, then deviate. And a few more months would pass, again without posting it to the blog. Years went by. The stack of scribbled veggie paté recipe notes in my “to do” pile was at risk of overflowing. I had to be firm with myself the last few times I made it; sticking to this final version made for several friends who all implored me to “stop testing and get posting!”

Thermomix veggie pate recipe

So here now is my fave veggie paté recipe!

Like the reliable little black dress of the party scene, this veggie paté stands up to any occasion. Dress it up on a silver platter, or wrap a wedge in paper for tucking into the corner of a picnic basket.  Serve it neatly with fancy crackers or smushed on fistfulls of torn baguette. To feel extra virtuous, simply lay a strip of this veggie paté on a lettuce leaf and roll it up. (If using GF oats and tamari, the recipe is gluten free too!) Garnish with coarse salt, ground pepper, fresh herbs, or paprika. It keeps well in the fridge and is a flavorful filler that works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. With mayonnaise and cucumber slices at tea? Or with ketchup and cheese on a sandwich bun? You decide.

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Thermomix Veggie Paté
Always a winner at parties, this vegetarian pate is substantial and deeply flavourful. It makes plenty for now and later, and suits every occasion! Includes conversions for cooks using Thermomix in USA.
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Cuisine: Thermomix
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 20g (.7 oz) garlic, peeled
  • 1 stalk celery, quartered
  • 330g (11.6 oz) yam (substitute sweet potato if needed), in bite-size chunks
  • 200g (7 oz) onion, quartered
  • 150g (5.3 oz) raw sunflower seeds
  • 50g (1.8 oz) oats
  • 25g (.9 oz) olive oil
  • 1 dry Thai chili pepper (Bird's Eye chili)
  • ½ tsp. powdered thyme
  • ½ lemon, seeded and peeled (if your lemons are very small, use a whole lemon)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or GF tamari)
  • 50g (1.8 oz) water
  • 15g (.5 oz) nutritional yeast flakes (see recipe notes below)
  • 15g (.5 oz) corn meal plus extra for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175ºC (350º F/ Gas Mark 4). Prepare two shallow cake tins with baking parchment, and sprinkle lightly with cornmeal.
  2. Place garlic into mixing bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 6.
  3. Add celery, yam, onion, sunflower seeds, oats, oil, chili pepper, thyme and lemon. Chop while gradually increasing speed to 10 sec/speed 8. Scrape down sides of bowl with a spatula and check to make sure no large chunks remain. (If large chunks, pulse on reverse and then mix again.)
  4. Add soy sauce, water, nutritional yeast and corn meal. Mix 6 seconds/speed 6.
  5. Spread the mix into bread pans or a cake tins lined with parchment. Sprinkle top with additional cornmeal and/or sunflower seeds if desired. (Pate cooks best if spread to a shallow depth of about 4 cm or 1.5 in. max) Bake for 60 minutes (shorter time if you use a shallower cake pans). Watch closely after about 50 minutes in case edges begin to burn.
  6. Place pan on a wire rack to cool. Remove from pans when fully cooled. Serve on crackers or toast. Use as sandwich filling or in salad wraps. Tastes great with mayonnaise or ketchup.
Notes
about chilis and seasonings: For extra spiciness use two chili peppers instead of one -- keeping in mind that this may be too spicy for some. After making this recipe once, feel free to be creative with the seasonings. Try adding more thyme or adding sage, basil, rosemary, or savoury instead.
about nutritional yeast flakes: don't confuse with baking yeast! If not available at the grocery store where you live, check for nutritional yeast flakes at the local health food store. Do not substitute -- this ingredient is essential to the recipe.

 

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See 8 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. Stacey December 7, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    This feels like a Christmas present! I’m no longer a slave to buying Hornby Island Pate – hooray!

  2. A Canadian Foodie December 7, 2015 at 8:33 am #

    Cannot wait to try this! It looks like it makes a considerable amount, too!
    I may start with half. Do you think that will work?
    Now, to search for nutritional yeast.
    :)
    Valerie

  3. ThermomixBlogger Helene December 7, 2015 at 9:07 am #

    Hi Valerie; Sure you can try making half. I guess I’m in the habit of making a large amount as we all enjoy this pate and find so many ways to use it. Also, I like to “make the most” of my Thermomix, if you know what I mean ;-) Nutritional yeast is easy to find here in BC. If you’ve never bought it before, you may not have noticed it — but here, we can buy it in any grocery store. (Usually in jars, try “Braggs” or “Everland” brand. If your grocery store doesn’t have it, the health food shop certainly will, and often in the bulk department. (You want to ask for the flakes, they taste better than the powder.) Have fun!

  4. Debby December 7, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    Can’t wait to try it, but am not sure about nutritional yeast flakes. It appears to impart a cheese flavor, used by vegans. May I substitute with Marmite if it’s mostly for flavoring purposes?

  5. ThermomixBlogger Helene December 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    Yay Stacey, you go girl! I bet you’ll find ways to put your own unique spin on this one ;-)

  6. ThermomixBlogger Helene December 7, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    Hi Debby; Well, you can certainly try the Marmite substitution, but I can’t guarantee the result because a) marmite is a paste and nutritional yeast flakes are well, dry and flaky. They absorb moisture in this mix. Also, if I’m not mistaken Marmite is quite salty, so you’d have to adjust the soy sauce accordingly. It’s worth a try though. I’d suggest you might want to dissolve a tablespoon of Marmite into the water (using warm water in this case). It’s just a suggestion though, I haven’t tried this!! Have fun experimenting :)

  7. Suzana February 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi Helene,

    I couldn’t find the nutritional yeast anywhere and I have never tried it before so don’t know how it tastes but I remember that a long time ago I ate something called non active yeast and it tasted just lake fresh yeast so I decided to use fresh yeast in your pate. Sounds like a bad idea, I know but I grew up eating pates made with fresh yeast – which gets ‘deactivated’ by cooking it for a while before use…

    So I put a piece of fresh yeast in water (50g water – as the recipe says) and let it boil for a short while and added it to the mix. I have to say the pate was delicious.

    Adding a whole chunk of lemon is such a great idea, it added something… different, very tasty.
    Thanks for sharing! x

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