I was having my hair cut. My appointment was just before lunch, and as I sat in the hairdresser’s chair, listening to my tummy rumble, my mind inevitably wandered to the contents of my fridge, and what I was going to eat JUST AS SOON AS I GOT HOME!
I had planned a plate of random foodstuffs with crackers, but a sudden spark of genius made me combine them together into this absolutely delicious pate. It only takes about 3 minutes to make, maybe 5 if you’re relaxed about it – which I wasn’t, as by this time I was pretty desperate to eat the lot pronto before I fainted with hunger.
But if I’d done that, I wouldn’t have had anything to SHOW you, would I? So I had to ignore my hunger pangs for just 5 more minutes while I snapped some pictures. I can assure you that once they were done, I nommed the whole thing down in a matter of seconds!
This pate is seriously delicious. It basically contains a selection of my favourite lunchtime foods, so it’s not terribly surprising, but I do think that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The pate is creamy with avocado, but has just enough texture from the smoked mackerel to retain some interest. I was going to add a squeeze of lemon, but after tasting, I decided it didn’t need it. Feel free to add it to your taste though.
I ate this wonderful avocado & mackerel pate with some cherry tomatoes, which added a little acidity, as well as some sweetness. They were fabulous with it, actually. If you wanted to make this into a fancy starter, you’d do well to serve it inside little hollowed-out tomatoes. Chic.
Since this would be a terrific Pesach lunch, I’ve shown it here with matza crackers. You could also serve a dollop inside a jacket potato. And the rest of the year, it’s great spread on toast, tortilla wraps, ryvita, you name it! You could even eat it as a dip, with crudite veggies. Yum.
This makes enough for two as a starter or snack, or one really ravenous Jewish mummy.
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- 1 smoked mackerel fillet
- 0.5 medium avocado
- 2 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- Squeeze of lemon juice to taste (optional)
- Remove the skin from the mackerel and break into pieces.
- Peel the avocado and chop into chunks.
- Put the mackerel and avocado into a mini chopper with the cream cheese and mayonnaise, and pulse a few times to combine into a rough pate. Alternatively, mash everything together with a fork.
- Taste and add lemon juice if desired.