Mushroom Pate Recipe // Vegetarian Pate

This Walnut Mushroom Pate recipe is the perfect addition to a charcuterie platter when paired with crispy crostini. It’s a delicious, vegetarian pate with a creamy texture that packs so much flavor!

If you love creamy mushroom recipes, be sure to try my Hungarian Mushroom Soup and Mushroom Risotto too!

This mushroom and tarragon pate recipe is one that my dad used to make for me. It’s vegetarian… like him. And even though it doesn’t have all the richness of a traditional pate, it’s still super creamy and earthy and perfect paired with the traditional charcuterie accompaniments like briny olives, tangy goat cheese, salty marcona olives and ripe figs.

Made with simple ingredients, this mushroom spread makes a perfect party appetizer!

What kind of mushrooms to use?

I’m using cremini mushrooms in this recipe, but you can any fresh mushrooms you prefer. Standard button mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, and portobello mushrooms work well. Or, use a variety to make a wild mushroom pate.

Hands holding bowl of cremini mushrooms.
Ingredients for mushroom walnut pate on tray.

How to make Mushroom Pate:

  • Saute onions and mushrooms in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add sherry and let reduce.
  • Combine room temperature cream cheese, eggs, spinach, walnuts, parsley and tarragon, then add in cooled mushroom mixture. 
  • Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. 
  • Chill inverted on a plate.
  • Serve on homemade crostini or with some crusty bread.

Can you freeze Mushroom Pate?

  • Yes! You can keep this vegetarian pate in the freezer for up to 3 months. Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, then a layer of tin foil.

Wine pairings for Mushroom Pate: 

Mushroom pate on dark grey plate next to crostini and bowl of gherkins.
Side view of Mushroom pate on dark grey plate next to crostini and bowl of gherkins.

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Mushroom pate arranged on dark grey plate.

Mushroom Pate

This Mushroom Pate recipe is the perfect addition to a vegetarian charcuterie platter. Enjoy this spread with a glass or two of Cabernet to set the perfect scene. 
4.1 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup butter (unsalted – 1 stick)
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms (finely chopped (button mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, wild mushrooms also work) )
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese (room temperature )
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups spinach (chopped)
  • 1 1/4 cups walnuts (finely chopped`)
  • 1 Tablespoon tarragon


  • In a skillet over medium, saute the onion in butter for 4-5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add sherry, salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes. Set aside and let cool slightly.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Combine cream cheese, eggs, spinach, walnuts, parsley and tarragon, then add in cooled mushroom mixture. 
  • Place mixture in a buttered loaf pan. Cover with aluminum foil. Place loaf pan in larger and deeper pan partially filled with water. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. 
  • After baking, remove from oven and chill inverted on a plate. Once chilled, the pate may be sliced and served. 
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Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 690mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2320IU | Vitamin C: 10.8mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2.2mg

This vegetarian pate recipe was originally published in 2016. It was updated in 2021 with new photographs and directions. The recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “Mushroom Pate Recipe // Vegetarian Pate”

  1. 5 stars
    first, CONGRATULATIONS!!! so much to celebrate! Second, I am not a huge dan of pate’s but this being the vegetarian kind, it had me intrigued. Olives, cheese, garlic, onions, etc. It sounds delish! 👌🏼

  2. 5 stars
    I added dry white wine and a lil extra butter when I cooked the mushrooms down. Then I added a couple of tablespoons of finely grated parmesan when I mixed everything together. Delicious!


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