Edamame Pâté Sandwich
Yes, even vegetarians can have pâté! And you thought we were missing out. For those of us who have no idea what I’m talking about, pâté is simply a mixture of seasoned ground seafood, poultry, meat or vegetables, and often a combination of several different base ingredients. The grind can be either smooth and creamy or on the chunky side and it can be served hot or cold. There are countless variations but in today’s recipe we are taking the vegetarian Japanese-Inspired route with soy beans. For more than 2,000 years, edamame has been a Japanese mainstay. Pureed with other Japanese staples: green onion, citrus, walnuts and mint, this unique pâté is sure to please even the ‘meat’-etarians in the family. Then again, if edamame isn’t quite your thing go ahead and give peas a try and don’t forget to message me and let me know how it turns out!
1 1/4 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1/2 cup walnuts (soaked overnight for easier digestion)
1/3 cup mint leaves, packed
1 green onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1 whole juicy lemon)
8 slices of your favorite whole grain bread (GF would be delicious as well)
2 cups greens (like arugula or watercress)
4 roasted red peppers
1-2 small cucumbers, thinly sliced
Puree edamame, walnuts, mint, green onion, salt, pepper and lemon juice in a food processor until finely chopped. With motor running, add about 3 tbsp of filtered water, or until desired consistency is achieved.
Spread each of the 4 bread slices with 1/3 cup pâté. Add arugula, roasted red pepper and cucumbers to each. Top with remaining bread slices.
*If you, like me, like things on the spicy side don’t be shy and go ahead and spice up your pâté with chili flakes.