Smoked mackerel pâté with French bread & horseradish

Smoked mackerel pâté with French bread & horseradish

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins

Easy

Serves 2
This relaxed starter can be whizzed up in just 15 minutes - and it won't break the bank either

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal440
  • fat41g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein16g
  • salt2.26g
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Ingredients

    For the pate

    • 25g unsalted butter, melted
      Butter

      Butter

      butt-err

      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • zest ½ lemon
      Lemon

      Lemon

      le-mon

      Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

    • 160g pack smoked mackerel (split fillets), skinned
    • 1 spring onion, roughly chopped
      Spring onions

      Spring onion

      sp-ring un-yun

      Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

    For the horseradish butter

    • 15g unsalted butter, plus extra to serve
      Butter

      Butter

      butt-err

      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 1 tsp hot horseradish sauce, plus extra to serve
      Horseradish root on a wooden chopping board

      Horseradish

      hors rad-ish

      Horseradish root is larger than an ordinary radish, and has a hot, peppery flavour.

      It…

    • 1 tsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus a few leaves
      Parsley

      Parsley

      par-slee

      One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

    • French bread, to serve

    Method

    1. Tip the melted butter, lemon zest, mackerel and spring onion into a food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon into a ramekin and smooth the top.

    2. For the topping, melt the 15g butter with the horseradish, then stir in the parsley. Carefully spoon over the pâté to cover it. Press some parsley leaves on top, grind over some black pepper and chill to set the butter. Serve the ramekin of pâté with French bread, butter and extra horseradish sauce.

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    currie007
    24th Feb, 2011
    5.05
    I went for a lower fat option. Replaced the butter and wizzed in a teaspoon of light soft cheese. Added a pinch of cayene pepper and left out the lemon rind. S'pose it's a different recipe, but it tastes tip top. Might wiz a slice of a cox or a bramley apple with it next time. What about dropping in a couple of walnuts?
    ntlyle
    7th Dec, 2010
    3.05
    This recipe tasted great and was fairly simple. The only reason for 4 stars not 5 is that a had trouble combining the melted butter and horseradish so the topping looked a bit lumpy, didn't affect the taste though.
    mollym
    18th Nov, 2010
    5.05
    lovely starter and freezes well for a month. I just top with the melted butter and make horseradish creme when serving.
    missymorgan
    29th Aug, 2010
    5.05
    Love it - make it loads. It's simple, but very tasty. We have it with toated wholewheat muffins.
    debailleul
    15th Aug, 2010
    Fantastic recipe, so simple and very tasty, we will be making this again. !!
    christabella
    4th Jul, 2010
    Made this several times, great tasting and very simple to make
    finder
    13th Dec, 2009
    5.05
    Anyway know how log this will keep? I guessing a day ahead would be ok I like it - it's nice and simple to make and tasty too
    isabel22
    1st Sep, 2009
    3.05
    Followed recipe, was ok but not a favorite!
    ukberni
    14th Aug, 2009
    Simple, tasty and pretty impressive too! I already have more smoked mackerel to do it again!
    pissaladiere
    4th Jun, 2009
    5.05
    This is a very simple and tasty recipe. I have made it at least five times and the reaction has always been very positive. Even if the horseradish is served separately, it is still excellent.

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