Smoked Mackerel & Baby Gem Party 'Boats'

Smoked Mackerel & Baby Gem Party 'Boats'

These are a super easy, super tasty high protein gut friendly starter and they're pretty good on eye too.  Great as nibbles or a starter.  

You'll need

  • A packet of smoked mackerel 
  • A tub of cream cheese - we go full fat
  • A lemon
  • Pepper - unless you've bout mackerel with pepper already on it
  • A couple of baby gem lettuces

Optional - Creme Fraiche, mini gherkins and/ or capers, pink onion pickles

How To

  1. Remove the skin from your smoked mackerel and pop it in a bowl.
  2. Squeeze the lemon over it and mash it with a fork.  The lemon helps to soften it as well as giving it flavour.
  3. Add the cream cheese and mix it through.  If you've got capers or gherkins chop a handful of them up and add them to the mix.
  4. Pop it into the fridge while you sort the lettuce.
  5. Get you baby gem and chop the root end off.  Remove the outer leaves few leaves if they're looking a bit tired and start peeling off the leaves until you've got enough for the amount of 'boats' you want to make.  You'll probably have a few extra so pick the more 'stiff' inner ones for your boats and use the others for a salad.
  6. Give them a rinse and a shake to dry them - a salad spinner is helpful here if you've got one.
  7. Get your smoked mackerel pate and use a teaspoon to pop some on to each leaf then lay out on a plate.
  8. If you've got some pink onions pop some on top. Quick pickles hack - chop up a red onion and put it in a bowl, pour wine or cider vinegar over it. Leave for ten minutes.  Ready to go and make everything look pretty.

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  • Katy Newton