Although the meat and vegan versions contain very different ingredients, pate is a store cupboard favourite suitable for everyone, thanks to its nutritional value, convenience and versatility.
Whether it is written with its Francophone accents or not, pâté or pate is pronounced pa-tay.
Pate is a type of food paste that has traditionally been made with liver.
There are dozens of variations, including ones made with other cuts of meat, spices, herbs and even alcohol, such as cognac.
Pate originated in Europe, where it is often formed into a loaf, pie or sausage shape.
It is usually eaten cold and is either spreadable or cut in thin slices.
Obviously, from an ingredients point of view, vegan pate has little in common with the meaty versions.
However, vegan pates can have a similar texture. They tend to be spreadable pastes that are formed of a mixture of vegetables plus seasoning such as herbs and spices.
But perhaps most importantly, everything in vegan pate is plant based - and there is absolutely no liver!
A really great thing about vegan pate compared with meat pate is that it does not need to be stored in the fridge until after it is opened.
This makes it a perfect store cupboard standby in the case of unexpected guests: simply serve a flourish of pate on crackers for a quick canape!
When it comes to vegan or veggie pate, granoVita are the undisputed champions.
The brand has been around for decades, but never rests on its laurels. It regularly brings out new flavours of pate, as well as other products such as vegan oils, mock meat and ready meals.
In place of liver, granoVita pates use
a variety of other vegan ingredients, such as tofu, nuts and vegetables.
Nutritional yeast flakes like Marigold Engevita are commonly added for a rich umami flavour.
For all of their products stocked by Holland & Barrett, check out our granoVita page.
GranoVita Vegetable Pate is a great all-rounder.
And the good news is that you are unlikely to offend fussy eaters, as the flavours are smooth and subtle.
Similarly, granoVita’s Original flavour pate is another big favourite.
It is a bit more robust than the Vegetable flavour, with a blend of tofu and cashew nuts. And it primarily has a tomato flavour, which makes it perfect for Mediterranean-inspired dishes, canapes and sandwiches.
GranoVita also does a “herb” flavoured pate, which has focused earthy flavours centred on celery, onions and garlic.
Mushrooms are often described as having a “meaty” flavour.
And granoVita Ready Spready Mushroom Pate is no exception.
If you are looking to replicate a meat pate – or if you just love mushrooms! – this is the one to go for.
If you like strong and exotic flavours, why not try granoVita Organic Spicy Mexican Pate?
It adds paprika, garlic and cayenne pepper to the mix, along with apple cider vinegar. It is like the Original flavour, but with a twist!
Pates, be they meat or vegan, are typically high in fat – it is part of what makes them so delicious!
But they also have some other nutritional value, including carbohydrates, fibre and protein.
If in doubt, simply click on the drop down nutritional info section, which you can find below each product on our website.
As we have already mentioned, we love keeping a tub or tube of vegan pate on hand, in case of emergencies.
Here are just some of the ways we have used it: