Farmersgirl Kitchen

Smoked Mackerel Pate

It has been some time since I made Smoked Mackerel Pate, I can’t imagine why as we all love it. Usually I make it with cream cheese but today I went for a lighter version and it was very good, served on toast with a little side salad.

The smoked mackerel  and the lemons came from Aldi, who have a great range of produce.  The Smoked Mackerel is Scottish fish from the North East Atlantic and cost only £1.59 for 200g.

Smoked Mackerel Pate
serves 3-4

200g Smoked Mackerel, skin removed
2 tbsp 0% fat Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Creamed Horseradish
Juice of half a lemon

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth.

That’s it, so simple but packed full of flavour. 

I served the Smoked Mackerel Pate on toast, but it would be equally good on oatcakes, a crusty baguette or even as a topping for a baked potato.

I am entering this dish for Tea Time Treats, as this month the theme is ‘ Toast, on Toast or Toasties’.  Tea Time Treats is the Linky Party for tasty tea time treats which is run in alternate months by Karen at Lavender and Lovage and Janie at The Hedgecombers.

I’m also adding the Smoked Mackerel Pate to the Credit Crunch Munch Linky as it was a very thrifty dish with the mackerel only costing £1.59, half a lemon only 12p and the yogurt and horseradish would also cost only pennies. Credit Crunch Munch is the frugal food recipe sharing challenge developed by Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All  This month is is hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary 


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    Charlene F
    February 21, 2015

    I've never made a pate and been meaning to make this for some time. Your pate looks lush and would be perfect for lunch or as a starter, nom x

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      February 21, 2015

      Thanks Charlene, I hope you give it a try, it's really easy to make and so good.

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    belleau kitchen
    February 22, 2015

    I adore mackerel pate. Love the Greek yoghurt and of course that little bit of horseradish that really brings it to life. Gorgeous!

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      February 22, 2015

      The horseradish is a borrowed idea from a smoked trout pate that I've made, it does add a nice bite to the pate.

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    Karen S Booth
    February 22, 2015

    I LOVE smoked mackerel pate Janice and this looks amazingly tasty! Thanks for adding it to Tea Time Treats and TOAST!

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    February 22, 2015

    I love Mackerel Pate, it's so tasty. This is a great idea with 0% yogurt so much lighter. GG

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      February 22, 2015

      I'm definitely going to be making it more often, the yogurt worked brilliantly, I was so pleased.

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    Anita-Clare Field
    February 23, 2015

    We are massive fans of smoked mackerel pate. LOVE it. I tend to make mine with 0% cream cheese but I am going to try this too. We are so excited at the moment as we have just bought a home smoker and the mackerel are currently brining ready for being cold smoked in the next couple of days. We'll be celebrating now by using your fabulous recipe.

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    Camilla Hawkins
    February 26, 2015

    LOL Janice I got my mackerel in Aldi too! Great minds certainly do think alike. Imagine, we might have been shopping for it at the very same time – spooky! Your photography lessons seem to have paid off well Janice:-) Thanks for entering #creditcrunchmunch with a super frugal recipe:-)

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    March 1, 2015

    I do love smoked mackerel pate, me, and your recipe sounds super! Thank you for sharing with Credit Crunch Munch!

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