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Roasted Garlic and Walnut Chickpea Pate

Welcome to the party, elegant and tasty spread.  I’m lovin’ your roasty garlic flavor and your silky texture.  Won’t you join me over here by the crackers?

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This pate is hummus in black tie.  Approachable and friendly black tie.  Spread on a cracker, it’s right at home at a cocktail party or the party for the big game.  I found the recipe at the Amuse Your Bouche blog via the Finding Vegan Facebook page.  The original recipe makes a tiny amount, so I adjusted ingredients to make a whole can of chickpeas-worth, and reduced the amount of oil.  This larger amount still doesn’t last long-it’s that kind of yummy!  Here’s what you need to start your relationship with your new favorite party date.


  • 1 entire head of garlic, roasted  (12-14 cloves, or more if you like garlic like we do!)
  • 1 1/4 cups walnuts, plus a bit more to garnish
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained but NOT rinsed
  • 4 TBSP lemon juice
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

First, roast the garlic.  Heat oven to 375F.

Cut the top off a head of garlic, place it in a pan, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

cut top off garlic

place in pan with oil salt and pepper

(Save the little tops for another garlic recipe.)

save little tops

Roast for 25 minutes and remove to cool.  When cool enough to handle, pop the cloves out of their skins.

pop cloves out

Place roasted garlic cloves into a food processor along with the walnuts.

garlic and walnuts in processor

Process until you achieve a coarse crumb.

process to crumbs

Add the drained chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.

add chickpeas salt pepper lemon and oil

Process until smooth.  Taste, and adjust seasoning if needed.

puree til smooth

Place in a pretty bowl, garnish with chopped walnuts, set out some crackers and prepare to be enchanted.  Seduced, really.

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There is a LOT of garlic in this recipe, and it is definitely the top-note of the flavor.  However, since it’s roasted, it’s a mellow and earthy garlic.  Definitely yummy!


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Holiday Crab Dip

No need to limit this dip to the holidays, though.  This is an uber-easy, uber-quick, uber-yummy dip you can make anytime.  Anytime you want to be the party rock star, that is!  (It disappears quickly, you might want to make a double batch!)

How ’bout that cute little crabby baking dish?!  We saw it at an art store in North Carolina and I just had to have it.  It came with this recipe!  Bonus!

  • 3 oz lump crab meat
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened (low-fat or non-fat is ok)
  • 1 TBSP mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 TBSP finely chopped onion
  • 1/8 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp curry powder
  • 2 drops hot sauce (like Tabasco)
  • 1 TBSP fresh lime juice

Preheat oven to 325F.

Gently mix all ingredients together, to preserve the lumps of crab as much as possible.

Place in a small casserole or baking dish and sprinkle with additional Parmesan.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until browned and bubbly.  Enjoy with bread, crackers, celery, carrots or a spoon!


That’s it! Be warned that this dip DOES seem to disappear.  I made the mistake of setting it out as guests started to arrive at a party while I finished up some other yummies.  By the time I turned around, it was nearly gone!  Maybe it had something to do with this cute little crabby dish.

What a face, eh?  I love it when I can cook or serve something in art.  Do you have a special serving dish that makes your food even yummier?

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