Hazel’s smoked mackerel paté

When I have friends over I often make this quick, fresh-tasting mackerel paté for lunch, and I have been asked for the recipe more times than I can remember. My friend Hazel is a particular fan of this dish, so by way of thank you for her kind appreciation of it, I have dedicated this recipe to her. I’m not sure how useful it will be to Hazel, because I’m pretty sure she has now perfected her own version using capers, and the last time she asked me for the recipe she had to remind me about the mint, which is a key ingredient. I like to serve this paté with my homemade spelt and seed bread, which I think is at its very best when toasted and slathered with this light yet flavoursome paste.

Hazel’s smokey mackerel paté

3-4 peppered smoked mackerel fillets
100ml creme fraiche
50g cream cheese
Handful of fresh mint and parsley (one part mint to two parts parsley)
Juice of half a lemon (and zest too if you like)
1 heaped tsp horseradish sauce

Break the mackerel fillets in to a bowl and fork through. There may be a few small bones in the mackerel fillets, so look out for these as you break up the fish, but mackerel bones are so small I don’t worry too much about them. Mix all the ingredients together well in a bowl. Serve with warm toast.

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I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.

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5 comments on “Hazel’s smoked mackerel paté

  1. February 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Have you tried substituting creme fraiche for avocado? Prob best to ditch the horseradish in this mix too but it’s bloody delicious, I promise you…

    • February 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Ooh, no I haven’t tried that yet, sounds lush! Have just bought Veggistan by Sally Butcher and have been salivating over my iPad all eve, now to bed!

  2. September 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Chloe. This rocks, we made it last night and had it with salad from the garden and jackets. It’s so hard trying to find things the tween will eat and I have no inspiration ever for meal ideas, as anything adventurous (a green vegetable other than broccoli or something with spices) is regarded with suspicion, derision and undisguised horror. Therefore, I’ve just decided to try some of your recipes on here out anyway and stop making pasta and pesto like a weird boring supper drone. THANK YOU.

    • September 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Steph! Very glad to be of service 🙂 hope you find some other good ones on here, I have a few recipe posts stacked up for publication soon, been a bit lazy updating blog of late. Xxx

  3. July 11, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Always wanted to make some kind of mackerel or salmon pate. This looks beautiful – thanks for sharing xx

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