Smoked Mackerel Pate with Ricotta
Quite simply the easiest pâté I've ever made. All the ingredients are placed together in the bowl of the processor, then one little whiz and it's made! It also has an utterly sublime flavour – brilliant! Serve with hot toasted wholemeal bread.
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This recipe first appeared in Sainsbury’s Magazine (Jan 2000).
First you need to skin the mackerel fillets, which is no trouble as the flesh can be lifted away very easily. Next, place the fish into the bowl of a food processor, then add the ricotta, soured cream and lemon juice, a good seasoning of salt, black pepper and the freshly grated nutmeg.
Then switch on and blend until completely smooth, stopping the motor to scrape the mixture down the sides of the bowl halfway through. Now taste and add a spot more lemon juice or seasoning if you think it needs it, then pack the mixture into the individual ramekins or the serving dish, cover with clingfilm and chill for several hours before serving.
To serve, place about half a teaspoon of the capers in the centre of each ramekin and sprinkle with a touch of cayenne pepper. Garnish with the watercress and lemon wedges and serve with freshly made wholemeal toast.
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Potted meats and fish were originally invented to eke out fresh foods but in fact there's something so glorious about potted crab (which must come from Cromer!) that it's worth giving it top billing as a great meal in its own right.
The poet Pam Ayres once said, when describing her home-made wholemeal bread, that it was like 'biting into a cornfield', and that's it – the very best description I've ever come across.
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