Speedy Smoked Mackerel Pate (Step by Step)

A versatile recipe made from just five ingredients

Hot smoked mackerel is a brilliant ingredient. Cheap, full of flavour, high in protein and healthy oils and incredibly versatile. This no-cook, simple recipe for a mackerel pate gives you something that can be used as a dip for a plate of cracker bread, a filling for a sandwich or wrap, something to be added to a salad or even stirred through pasta. Feel free to change or adapt this recipe depending on what ingredients are available. As a rule, I'd normally have put grated horseradish/horseradish sauce in for a kick of heat but this wasn't available, so I went with English Mustard instead and it worked just as well. 

Other additions might be capers/gherkins stirred in at the end, perhaps finely chopped chilli for a different kind of heat. You might like to add some finely chopped spring onions or chives for a little oniony bite. 

Whatever you do... make sure not to puree the whole mix or it won't have the texture you want from a pate of this kind.  

Follow the steps below, and a brilliant, smokey pate is all yours: 

1. You'll need a pack of smoked mackerel, 1 tub of cream cheese/mascarpone, a teaspoon of mustard/horseradish sauce, a lemon and some parsley.

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2. Open you mackerel and break up half of it to keep back and stir through later. Zest your lemon and roughly chop some parsley. 

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3. Add the other half of the mackerel, the cream cheese, mustard and half a lemon's juice to the blender and pulse until combined.

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4. Stir in the mackerel, lemon zest and herbs - plus any other additional ingredients or flavourings you might want to add at this point. It is now ready to serve in one of the ways mentioned above.

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Per Portion of pate
Calories: 221 kcal
Carbs: 2g
Fat: 18g
Protein: 13g
Fibre: 0g
Sugar: 2g

The lowest carb and lowest-calorie, serving suggestions we have are either a wrap (with salad) or our microwaved 2-minute flatbreads. Each would only add approx 70-80 kcal and 3g of carbs to this delicious pate per serving and yet would supply around 9g of fibre each. 

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