oil+butter for frying

  • 2 shallots
  • 3garlic cloves
  • 500g chestnut mushrooms
  • 4 tbsp port optional
  • 2 sprigs fresh tarragon
  • 100g cooked chestnuts or hazelnuts if chestnuts unavailable
  • 300g cream cheese
  • salt+pepper
  • bread to serve


  • STEP 1
    put oil+butter in a frying pan over medium heat, peel+finally chop shallots+garlic,add to pan cook for 3 minutes
  • STEP 2
    Finely sliced mushrooms, add to pan with port if using and season with salt+pepper
  • STEP 3
    turn up heat+cook for 8 mins or till mushrooms have softened and liquid has evaporated
  • STEP 4
    roughly chop chestnuts,
  • STEP 5
    tip mushrooms in food processor with chestnuts and some of the tarragon and cheese, blitz for a few minutes till smooth, divide into ramekins, place remainder of tarragon on top and chill

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