Slices of bread, lightly brushed with butter and then baked in bun tins, make perfect little ‘cups’ for a piquant red pepper and mackerel filling. Served with rocket tossed in a lemon vinaigrette, they make a very appealing starter. The bread cases and filling can be made ahead, then assembled just before serving.
Make smoked salmon and goat's cheese croustades, using soft-grain bread for the cases. For the filling, coarsely grate 100 g (3½ oz) cucumber and squeeze thoroughly in your hands to remove excess juice. Beat the cucumber into 170 g (6 oz) soft goat's cheese together with 2 tsp chopped capers, 1 tbsp snipped fresh chives, and salt and pepper to taste. Pile the filling into the bread cases, top with 75 g (2½ oz) smoked salmon strips and garnish with chives.
Mackerel is very nutritious, providing vitamins B2, B6, D and niacin as well as iodine and potassium. These nutrients are not destroyed by the smoking process. * Horseradish is used in herbal medicine as an aid to digestion.
C * A, B12 * B6, folate, niacin
have just made this and all the family loved it.. made exactly as recipe stated! gorgeous.. thank you - 28 Apr 2013
Made this starter for Sunday dinner with fresh mackerel smoked and peppered on my BBQ. Couldn't believe how quick it disappeared with everyone wanting seconds. Would make this again, thanks - 09 Aug 2010