This recipe always receives rave reviews. It is simple to assemble and can be prepared in advance. It’s a significant yield, making it a great choice if you’re hosting large gatherings or hungry appetites. The flavors in this pate speak for themselves respectively so it is best to serve with a neutral-flavored cracker such as Carr’s® Table Water Crackers®.
Tasting notes: A good quality preserve like Bonne Maman® or homemade strawberry preserves is recommended. I prefer the expeller pressed canola oil 365 brand mayonnaise distributed by Whole Foods Market®. I like its’ close to homemade flavor.
Cheddar and Pecan Pate
One-pound (5 cups) sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup pecans, chopped
¾ cup onion, minced
1 cup mayonnaise
Dash of cayenne pepper
A few grindings fresh ground black pepper
In a large bowl, combine cheddar cheese, pecans, onion, mayonnaise, cayenne and black pepper.
Transfer to a serving platter and form pate into an oval shape. Using a soup ladle, press the scoop part into the center of the pate making an indentation, this is where the strawberry preserves go. Cover pate and refrigerate until one hour prior to serving.
One 12-ounce (1½ cups) jar strawberry preserves
Chopped fresh chives or thinly sliced green onions for garnish
Allow pate to come to room temperature. Just before serving, fill center and top with strawberry preserves, garnish with fresh chives or scallions. Serves a crowd!