Quick Smoked Mackerel Pâté


serves 4 to 6
12 oz (350 g) smoked mackerel fillets
1 lemon
5 oz (150 g) low fat cream cheese
2-3 teaspoons prepared horseradish sauce
Freshly ground black pepper

accompaniments (you may need these)


1. Skin and flake the mackerel, making sure that no bones remain.

2. Squeeze the juice from half the lemon (reserve the other half to use as a garnish), add to all the other ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and whizz for 45 seconds.

3. Alternatively, mix thoroughly together by hand, using a fork - this gives a more rough-textured pate.

4. Check the seasoning and add more lemon juice, pepper or horseradish if necessary.

5. Turn the mixture into a pretty glass bowl, fork up the top and lay paper-thin slices of lemon, cut from the reserved half, all over in an attractive pattern.

6. Chill for several hours before serving.

What did you think?

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Mackrel pate
posted by olive @ 07:10AM, 6/29/09
Really quick easy and amazing taste!
Simply the best.
posted by Rex Lerego. @ 12:58PM, 5/23/10
Tried this for the first time last week. A great big hit with everyone. Modified it slightly..Used very thin Cucumber slices to decorate. Lined small bowl with cling-film, then placed in cucumber slices, carefully filled bowl with pate then pressed it down with a fork. After a while in fridge, turned it out onto small plate and carefully removed the cling-film. F A N T A S T I C and so simple. Used Smoked Peppered Mackerel Fillets from Morrisons for first attempt; but have since bought my own smoker and used fresh caught mackerel..Yum Yum !
A variation
posted by Barbie @ 03:34AM, 7/16/10
Added a little bit of nutmeg then, as I didn't have any cucumber, lined the bowl with thin slices of lemon over the cling-film. Worked really well and turned out onto a bed of mixed leaves with no problem. Served with home made toasted bread - delicious.
Great with pita bread
posted by martin @ 05:57AM, 11/13/10
As the title suggests, it is just gorgeous. I'm not really a fish lover but will do this time and again as an 'impress your friends' snack!
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