“This is such a useful recipe to have in your repertoire. I use it when catering either on olive bread (as shown) or in pastry cups served with port caramelised onions. You can also use it to stuff inside chicken breasts or in a beef Wellington. Or just eat it by the spoonful! The earthy flavour of the mushrooms complement the sweetness of the onions perfectly and is a great addition to any cheese platter. Enjoy!”
- 100g eschalots (or red onion)
- 3 garlic cloves
- 30g dried porcini mushrooms
- 700g Swiss brown mushrooms
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme
- 1/2 cup port
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 150g butter
- Pour hot water over the porcini mushrooms to rehydrate them.
- Finely dice the eschalots and cook until translucent in a small amount of butter.
- Add the finely chopped garlic and cook for a few minutes.
- Chop the porcini and Swiss brown mushrooms into small pieces and add to the pan. Once they have softened add the thyme, port and lemon juice and simmer until most of the liquid have evaporated.
- Transfer mixture to a food processor and blitz until smooth. Chop the butter into small chunks and add to the pate until incorporated.
- Transfer to 2 ramekins and cover with clarified butter.
Port Caramelised Onions
- 4 red onions
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup Port
- Dice onions and cook in a pan with a small amount of olive oil.
- Stir in sugar and cook on medium heat until onions have softened and taken on some colour.
- Add half the Port and stir occasionally until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
- Repeat with the remaining Port and cook until the onions are dark shiny, adding more Port if necessary.
- Transfer to a bowl and serve with mushroom pate and Olive bread