About this recipe: Whether you are planning a simple family meal or an elegant dinner party, this fresh-tasting smoked fish pâté makes the perfect light starter, served with slices of Granary toast. For an extra special presentation, spoon it into scooped-out lemon shells, which will also enhance the tangy lemon flavour.
For a smoked trout pâté, substitute smoked trout fillets for the mackerel and add 1 tbsp creamed horseradish instead of the green peppercorns. * Add a crushed garlic clove and use fresh dill instead of chives. * Toast 50 g (1¾ oz) shelled walnuts or hazelnuts, chop coarsely and fold into the finished pâté. Season with freshly ground black pepper or a small pinch of cayenne pepper. * Chill the pâté in a bowl, then scoop out using an ice cream scoop or a spoon and serve in cup-shaped lettuce leaves. Offer crudités for dipping (such as celery, fennel and carrot sticks, strips of red pepper and whole radishes). * To make lemon shells, cut a sliver off the stalk end of 4 lemons so they stand firmly upright. Cut off a lid from each lemon, about 1 cm (½ in) from the top. Using a grapefruit knife or pointed teaspoon, remove all the flesh from the lemons (keep it for another recipe). Fill the lemon shells with the mackerel pâté and top with the lids. Alternatively, cut the lemons in half horizontally, from the stalk end to the tip. Scoop out the flesh from the halves and fill with the pâté. Serve 2 halves per person.
Mackerel is an excellent source of vitamin D. Most people obtain all the vitamin D they need from the action of sunlight on skin, but those who remain indoors a lot would benefit from including this fish in their diet on a regular basis. * Lemons, like other citrus fruits, contain excellent levels of vitamin C. Towards the end of the 18th century, lemon juice was used as a means of protecting sailors against scurvy, the disease caused by vitamin C deficiency.
B1, B6, B12, niacin * selenium * B2, iron