Carrot Cashew Pâté Cucumber Canapé

I like to be fancy sometimes.  It goes all the way back to when I was four and I insisted that all of my swimsuits have ruffles.  My mother encouraged my love of all things fancy by using cookie cutters to cut out most of my sandwiches as a child (at the very least, she would remove the crusts), so my memories of childhood lunches include egg-salad sandwiches shaped like bunny rabbits and bolonga (I know, ewwwwww!) sandwiches in the shape of a heart.  In my 20’s, I told my best friend that “I am so glamorous, I piss glitter” (we were drinking champagne and watching Mean Girls and it made so much more sense at the time), a statement that earned me a nickname that I don’t care to share right now.

Carrot Cashew Pâté Cucumber Canapé

Even today, in my much more grounded 30’s, I still try to be fancy on occasion.  I like to wear high heels.  When the groomer attaches a little bow to Samantha’s collar, I leave it on for awhile (much to Sam’s dismay) because it’s so darn cute.  I try to make a nice presentation of the food I prepare, just because it makes the meal just a little more exciting.  This includes snacks.  Recently, I took a normal Saturday afternoon snack and turned it into a fancy appetizer, fit for a party.

Carrot Cashew Pâté Cucumber Canapé

What would normally be hummus became a Carrot Cashew Pâté.  When I would have normally prepared some assorted veggies for dipping, cucumber slices became platforms for this delicious spread.  The pâté combines a savoriness from the Bragg Liquid Aminos with sweetness from the carrots and nuttiness from the cashews, a taste that is terribly addiciting.  Served upon crisp, refreshing cucumber slices and topped with crunchy pieces of cashews, this little afternoon snack made us feel like we should be a little more dressed up for the occasion.

Carrot Cashew Pâté Cucumber Canapé

This pâté works perfectly as a sandwich spread and also as a dip for veggies and crackers for those casual times when your hummus needs a break.  Whether you’re feeling fancy or not, this pâté will definitely put a little glamour in your life!

Carrot Cashew Pâté Cucumber Canapé

Carrot Cashew Pâté Cucumber Canapé

Yield: makes 1 1/2 cups

Carrot Cashew Pâté Cucumber Canapé

Ingredients

    for the carrot cashew pâté
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for about 1 hour
  • 2 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon white miso
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • for the canapé
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
  • ¼ cup toasted cashews, finely chopped

Instructions

    make the pâté
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the carrots and cashews and process for about 1 minute. Add the remainder of the ingredients and process until smooth.
  2. Let chill 1 hour prior to serving to allow the flavors to fully marry. Serve by itself as a dip for bread, pita, crackers, or vegetable crudité; or use for a canapé spread.
  3. Carrot Cashew Pâté Cucumber Canapé
    make the canapés
  4. Spoon about 1 heaping tablespoon of pâté onto each cucumber slice. Sprinkle cashew pieces on top of each. Serve cold. Enjoy!

Carrot Cashew Pâté Cucumber Canapé

Photography by Chris Miller

 

 

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