About this recipe: 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