Friday 15 July 2016

Friday Feast - Mackerel Pate

Gosh it's ages since I posted a recipe on here. I made this pate yesterday for the umpteenth time and it really is too good not to share. It's really fast and easy to make - a brilliant starter or snack.

Serves: 4-6 (5 minutes preparation!)

4 to 5 smoked mackerel fillets
300g Philadelphia soft cheese
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon horseradish sauce


Skin the mackerel, slightly break into pieces, place in a blender with the other ingredients and blitz for 1 minute. As easy as that! If you like it more spicy then add more horseradish (I use 2 heaped teaspoons of ready made hot horseradish sauce) and if you like it softer then add more cream cheese.
I always use low fat Philly cheese (Philly Light, not the Lightest though) and the tub size is actually 280g, which works fine. 
The quantity above makes five ramekins (I've never managed to squeeze the sixth one out of the mix as (confession time) we love this pate with plain wholemeal toast for breakfast and one ramekin between us is just right! I pack the pate in ramekins, pop into poly bags, label, seal and freeze them - then just defrost as needed overnight in the fridge. For a starter you could easily make six ramekins as it's quite rich and filling - as well as being good for you :) And if you're being posh, pop a twist of sliced lemon on top.

To be honest, washing up the blender took longer than making the pate! Do let me know if you try this out, my suggestion is that you make the recipe as stated and then taste before upping the horseradish.


  1. Thanks for recepie
    I must try it
    hope you are doing well
    big hug Tamara

  2. This sounds like a tasty but easy fishy treat Di and I will certainly give it a try and what a great idea to freeze the excess in the ramekins. This would be lovely at lunch time too. DH is not very adventurous when it comes to fish so I would make a smaller amount just for myself. x

  3. It seems yummy!Thanks for the recipe

  4. This looks yummy, but can you imagine - I've never tasted mackerel in my entire life? LOL

  5. Mmmmm yes please Di....that's a great little recipe there xx

  6. Guess what???? Yep, you are right I don't like Mackerel. Now lemons I love, so I'll just eat the slices of lemon. Maybe that's where I get my bitter sense of humour from.

    Enjoy the weekend, hope back has improved.

    Kath xx

  7. I'm afraid I'm with Kath on this one, but it does sound tasty if you like fish! Cara x

    1. Snap! Me too, I'm not keen on fish at all! But will have this and one or two other recipes on here - on my own terms! :) xx


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