Moroccan Chickpea Pâté

Luckily for us, it has mostly been a glorious autumnal week here in Devon. Our builders have been all over our house, propping up ceilings, filling holes with concrete and positioning all sorts of steel things in our loft. As much as M would love to help, our house during the day hasn’t really been a suitable environment for a 2-year-old! We have therefore spent a tiring but wonderful week in self-enforced exile, kicking the fallen leaves in Bicton Park and throwing handfuls of sand and shells into the sea at Exmouth.

Consequently, our time in the kitchen has been severely limited. No time for cakes, cookies, bread, pies or pastries … but hey, I did manage to create a rather tasty chickpea pâté one evening. My savoury-toothed husband was very pleased to have something he actually liked to take into work for a change!

Moroccan Chickpea Pâté

Moroccan Chickpea Pâté

2 red peppers
60 g/2 oz butter
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
60 g/2 oz dried apricots
2 x 240 g/8 oz cans of chickpeas, drained
1/2 teaspoon crushed chillies
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon coriander powder
30 g/1 oz fresh coriander
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and white pepper
3 sheets leaf gelatin (to set 1/2 pint)
200 g/6 oz cream cheese
250 ml/8 fl oz whipping cream

Cut the peppers in half and de-seed. Dunk the pieces 3 times in boiling water to remove their harsh flavour. Chill by dunking in cold water. Pureé 1 pepper and roughly chop the 2nd.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Chop and gently sauté the onion and garlic. Add the apricots, 1 can of chickpeas, spices, herbs, lemon juice and seasoning. Cook gently until softened. Whizz to blend. Stir in the 2nd can of chickpeas and the roughly-chopped red pepper.

Soak the gelatin sheets in cold water for 10 minutes.

Heat the red pepper pureé. Remove from the heat. Add the soaked gelatin (squeeze first to remove soaking liquid) and mix well until melted.

Add the pepper pureé to the chickpea mix and stir well to combine.

Whisk the whipping cream to peaks. Add the cream cheese and whipped cream to the chickpea mix. Stir well.

Scrape into a loaf tin and refrigerate overnight.

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2 Comments

  1. Bo

     /  October 23, 2008

    Hello,

    I have two questions that I hope you can help me with.

    1) For a veggie: is the gelatin cruitial or can it be omited and thus be slightly more runny?

    2) For vegan: can the cream cheese and whipping cream be ommited and replaced with olive oil to moisten further…or prehaps more blended veg (carrot may be nice) to make it go further?

    Thanks

    Bo

    Reply
  2. Hi Bo,
    I don’t have any experience of vegan cooking, so I can’t suggest anything I’ve already tried. Have you ever used agar? – it sounds as though it might work if you wanted a slightly more ‘set’ pate than you’d get by just leaving out the gelatin. Adding extra blended veg would proabably taste good – or perhaps you could try substituting the cream and cheese with something like coconut milk/cream or ground almonds …?
    Hope that helps a little :-)

    Reply

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