Vegan Christmas Starter - Spicy Black Bean Pâté

By Jacqueline Meldrum •

Great Christmas food doesn't have to take hours to prepare.  Here's a tasty vegan starter that's super simple to make and can be prepared a few days before serving. You could also serve as a topping for party canapes or for a vegan alternative with your cheeseboard. 

We are all turning our minds towards what we’ll cook over the Christmas period and while we like to share delicious food with our guests it often means a lot of time spent in the kitchen.
This year, I’ve made a promise to myself. I’m cutting down the time I spend in the kitchen.
I want to share the excitement of Christmas with my toddler.
Usually I have family from early in the morning until late at night. It’s great fun and my mum helps where she can, but I pretty much spend the whole day in the kitchen making breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then there are drinks and nibbles to whip up and all the cleaning up between meals. I miss all out on all the fun.
Not this year!
This year I’m preparing ahead, taking shortcuts and making simple dishes like this spicy black bean pate.

Perfect served on crusty toasted bread as a starter alongside a dressed green salad or as a topping to little blinis as a tasty nibble. You could even serve it in a bowl on your cheese board. It would work really well alongside some cheese, oatcakes and grapes.
The great thing about this Pâté is there’s no cooking. Just throw all the ingredients into a food processor and whiz up. Voila!
It will happily keep in the fridge for a few days until you need it.
My husband and I love it and I know you will too!

Spicy Black Bean Pâté


400g tin black beans
1 lemon
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp ground ginger
3 tbsp porridge oats
a good grinding of black pepper
1.  Drain and rinse the black beans.
2.  Juice the lemon.
3.  Add all the ingredients to a food processor and whizz
4.  Enjoy!

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Jacqueline Meldrum

Jacqueline Meldrum is mum to a boisterous toddler who loves to bake, but in her spare time she is a food writer and recipe developer who writes the popular vegetarian food blog Tinned Tomatoes. She also writes family articles for Baby Centre UK and hosts the Dundee branch of the Clandestine Cake Club where she gets to meet up with other cakies, chomp cake and chat. 

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