Take a look at my spread! (pun intended)
Have you ever indulged in pâté? While many of us in the US are not familiar with the dish, it is popular in other countries. Pâté is a French delicacy that is essentially a spread made of meat and vegetables. I know, you’re like, “THAT is what these rich folks are eating?” and it was until PlantCraft entered the chat.
PlantCraft Plant Based Pâté was the winner of the 2021 World Plant Based Awards for Best Meat Alternative! Since the win, it has been spreading across California’s Erewhon Markets, and even popping up in online retailers. VegOut Magazine and PlantCraft hosted a giveaway, and I was a recipient of a PlantCraft Pâté pack and a PlantCraft tracksuit! I shared that unboxing previously, but now I want to dig into the plant-based pâté…
Made of “simple plant ingredients”, PlantCraft products are plant-based and free of the top 8 allergens (soy, wheat, gluten, eggs, tree nuts/peanuts, dairy, fish & shellfish). In my giveaway pâté pack, I received a box of Spicy Plant-Based Pâté, Mild Plant-Based Pâté, and a gold PlantCraft Pâté spreader. Rather than a tin, PlantCraft Pâté comes in a trio of 3oz casings. You simply puncture a pouch, and squeeze to serve! This was my first time trying a pâté of any sort, so I let Google guide me on serving. I found that pâté is traditionally served baked in pastry, or as a spread with bread or crackers, and dried fruit or briny pickles and olives. I made spicy pâté pinwheels with puff pastry and dairy-free mozzarella and served on a “Pâté Tray” with a few of the suggested pairings.
Before you write plant-based pâté off as something you won’t be trying, let me say I had no idea what to expect going in. I mean a plant-based version of a meat spread didn’t sound like something I would be keen on, but I will try anything if it’s vegan. I found PlantCraft Pâté to be incredibly tasty, and reminiscent of a refried bean dip in flavor and texture. Whether alone on a salted cracker, or in a cheesy, crispy pinwheel, the pâté is creamy and savory. The mild flavor is lightly seasoned with garlic and onion, while the spicy has a strong pack of heat from added chili. I could see myself enjoying this again as a base on sandwiches, and in a similar manner with wine, vegan cheese, and gossip.
While I won my PlantCraft Pâté, you can use their store locator feature on their website at PlantCraft.com to find which retailers carry it in your area. PlantCraft is not available locally yet, but you can order it now on GTFOitsVegan.com.
How would you pâté?
Location: Modesto, CA