In France, we have a bit of a tradition with the ‘apéritif’. You tend to invite friends or family to pop round to your place and have a few drinks together alongside finger foods. It can be very informal and impromptu or can be a bit more refined and require a bit of planning in order to create beautiful platters of nibbles for all to enjoy. Summer is the favourite time of year for appetizers, with the long evenings and the possibility of sitting outside in the garden or on the balcony. Apéritifs can however be quite heavy on animal-based foods (cured meats, cheeses, etc.), and as I like to add a bit of variety and love plant foods, I’m always coming up with my own creations. Take this green pâté: it takes only a matter of minutes to prepare, and is super versatile as you could spread it on crackers or rice cakes, dip vegetables in it, have it in a sandwich or why not with a bowl of pasta! The green peppercorns are what really add a pâté taste to it. If you find dehydrated ones, make sure you rehydrate them in water before using.
I hope you get to enjoy the long summer evenings. With love and light, Blandine
Green Pâté – makes a batch
•100g pumpkin seeds, soaked for a few hours
•250g courgette (about 1 medium courgette), chopped
•1tsp green peppercorns
•1 small clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
•Zest of ½ lemon
•Squeeze of lemon juice
•1/2tsp ground cumin
•2tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1.Drain and rinse the pumpkin seeds. Place in a food processor and blend until ground.
2.Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and process until smooth.
3.Serve with crackers or vegetable sticks.
•100g de graines de courges, trempées pendant quelques heures
•250g de courgette (environ 1 courgette de taille moyenne), émincée
•1cc de grains de poivre vert
•1 petite gousse d’ail, pelée et émincée
•Zeste d’1/2 citron
•Quelques gouttes de jus de citron
•1/2cc de cumin moulu
•2cs d’huile d’olive extra-vierge
1.Egoutter et rincer les graines de courge. Mettre dans le bol d’un robot et mixer jusqu'à l’obtention d’une poudre.
2.Ajouter le reste des ingrédients et mixer.
3.Servir avec des crackers ou des bâtonnets de légumes.