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Chestnut and Red Wine Pate en Croute    Veg   HT  MC   70mins

Submitted by Angela Webb, Eccleshall, Staffs, UK

Serves 4      Hot    Vegetarian  Vegetables  Alcohol  Main Course 



25g/1 oz Butter or Margarine

2 medium sized onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

50g/2 oz button mushrooms, sliced

90ml/3fl.oz. Red wine

175g/6oz  tinned unsweetened chestnut puree

75g/3 oz soft breadcrumbs

salt and freshly ground black pepper

450g/1 lb flaky pastry

a little beaten egg to glaze




1. Melt the butter in a saucepan; add the onions and fry for about 10 minutes until they are tender but not browned. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. 


2. Pour in the wine and let it bubble for a minute or two until most of the liquid has gone, then remove from the heat and stir in the chestnut puree, bread crumbs and salt and pepper to taste.


3. Preheat  the oven at 230C, 450F,  Gas Mark 8. Roll out the pastry to two strips, one 6 x 12, the other 9 x 12. Put the small strip on a baking tray and brush with water. Spoon the mixture on to the pastry, keeping clear round the edge and piling it up into a nice loaf-like shape in the middle. Brush the edge of the pastry with water and top with the second piece of pastry. Press together lightly and trim the edges.


4. Cut the trimmings into leaves and decorate the top. Make several holes to let out the steam. Brush with beaten egg or milk - put in the oven for 8 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 200C,  400F,  Gas Mark 6 and bake for a further 20 - 25 minutes.  Freezes well uncooked.


A great vegetarian main course at Christmas or Easter.


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