smoked mackerel pate
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Serves: 4
  • 1 whole smoked mackerel, filet (approximately 1.5 cups; if you can't find mackerel, you can substitute a can of chunk white albacore tuna, drained and flaked with a fork)
  • 6 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornichons (gherkins), drained and roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Flake the mackerel (or tuna) into a medium-sized bowl, being careful to remove any large bones.
  2. Add creme fraiche and, using a rubber spatula, stir gently to incorporate.
  3. Add parsley, salt and pepper, then add capers and cornichons, a little at a time, tasting as you go. The final product should taste tart and savory but not overly salty.
Recipe by Grits and Chopsticks at