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Smoked Mackerel Pate

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Serves 1 - 6 Portions

Quick and easy creamy pate - great on toast as a snack or a fantastic dinner party starter!

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  • 1 pack/280g peppered smoked mackerel fillets
  • 1 200g pack of cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp of creme fraiche
  • juice of half a lemon
  • Optional Extras:
  • 1 tsp jarred horseradish
  • handful chopped chives
  • handful chopped parsley


    1. Start by removing the skin from the mackerel fillets. Usually the skin will peel straight off but you can easily scrape any remaining skin off with a sharp knife.
    2. Roughly break up the fish, checking for any obvious bones or scales.
    3. Place the mackerel, cream cheese and creme fraiche (plus any additional ingredients if using) in a blender or food processor and whizz for 1 minute to ensure that all the mackerel flesh and peppercorns are combined. While the food processor is running add lemon juice to taste.
    4. Double check that all the ingredients are incorporated and give it a taste to check the seasoning! Then decant into a medium serving bowl or into individual portions - don't worry if the mixture is a little runny, it will firm up in the fridge. Garnish with parsley/chives/lemon, cover with cling-film and place in the fridge for at least an hour. Can be made in advance and keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days.
    5. Serve with crusty brown toast and enjoy!

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4th Oct, 2016
Really quick and easy to make.
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