De-Liver the Goods: Walnut Mushroom Paté

The next time you’re having people over for board games, a movie, or just plain-old catching up, and you need to whip something together that seems sophisticated, you’ve gotta try my faux-liver pate recipe. Do this, and the next thing you know, people will be trying to find their socks that got knocked off.



  • • 2 Cups of walnuts
  • • 2 Cups of crimini mushrooms
  • • 1 Medium onion
  • • 4 Cloves garlic
  • • 2 Tbs olive oil (1 for sauteing, 1 for blending)
  • • Garnishes (above, I used grapes, cranberries, black sesame seeds, salt, and cauliflower leaves)


  1. 1. Crush the garlic cloves, and chop the onion and mushrooms
  2. 2. In a large, oiled skillet, saute the onion, mushroom and garlic over medium heat until golden and tender (about 15 minutes).
  3. 3. In a food processor, combine the contents of the skillet with the walnuts. Process until mostly smooth.
  4. 4. Empty into a large bowl or Tupperware and refrigerate for at least a couple hours before serving. Overnight is optimal for the best texture.
  5. 5. Scoop some onto a plate and serve using a cheese-knife with any garnishes you please from fruits and veggies to crackers and artisan bread.

Written by joshuakatcher

Joshua Katcher is an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School. His research focuses on sustainability and ethics in fashion production. He started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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  • Mathyld / encore petite

    This recipe sounds pretty rad and I’ll sure try it !

    But, if you have one minute, could you please email me to let me know where you found this aceness knife ?

    (please ?)

    x x x

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  • rob

    just tested this, and it is delicious! Very quick and easy to prepare. A little water added to the processor made the consistency easier to blend