Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Savory and sweet walnut pate sandwich

Tonight I am sharing quick, vegetarian eat-any-time idea inspired by The Enchanted Kitchen. Actually, it is more than inspired, it is actually their very own herbed walnut pate, and I largely based this dish on their menu descriptions with very minor changes.

If you find yourself in State College, either permanently or in passing, I highly suggest you try this place. It's a whole new ballgame for raw, vegan or vegetarian foods. Honestly, my it's-not-food-unless-it-has-meat Bruno keeps asking to go back, that's how incredible this place is.

Anyway, moving on, today I stopped by and bought myself some of their herbed walnut pate. And here is the result:

Savory and sweet walnut pate sandwich
Servings: 1
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time: 20 min

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 slices of bread (preferably something dark)
1/2 apple of your choice, sliced (preferably sweet)
1/2 large carrot, peeled and grated
1/2 cup leafy and dark greens (like spinach or such)
2-3 "slices" of goat cheese (about 3 tbsp)
3 tbsp herbed walnut pate (or any nutty pate or hummus of your liking)

Now, the flavor of this pate is nutty and sort of garlic-y. Feel free to try to recreate that by mixing your pate with some chopped garlic and herbs of your choice in a food processor or blender.

Place the balsamic vinegar in a small skillet and turn to medium heat. When it starts to evaporate, lower the heat to the lowest setting and add the maple syrup. Stir well and let the vinegar reduce for about 7-10 minutes.

Toast the bread in a toaster. Spread the hummus on one side and layer the carrots, cheese, apples and greens on top. When the vinegar has reduced, spread it on the other bread slice.

Place the balsamic bread slice on top and squeeze down. Heat a griddle or skillet to medium-low heat and place the sandwich on it for 1-2 minutes on each side, until bread gets a little crunchy and everything is nice and warm. If you use another cheese, do this until it starts to melt.

And voila! An amazing, super healthy and delicious so-good-for-you sandwich!


  1. I am so honored that you have been inspired by my Herbed Walnut pate and created your own divine sandwich with it!

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