This impressive and delicately-flavoured starter is perfect for dinner parties without splashing the cash. Make-ahead, easy-to-do and no cooking required
- 1 pack smoked mackerel (about 200g)
- 250g tub cream cheese
- 2 lemons, 1 zested, both juiced
- small pack dill, half roughly chopped, half fronds picked
- 1 cucumber
- 4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
MethodAdd the chopped dill and pulse again to mix.
- pair of kippers or 350g kipper fillets (once prepared you want to have 225g flesh)
- 1 spring onion, sliced
- zest and juice 1 lemon
- 75g full-fat cream cheese
- 1 tsp grated horseradish
- handful baby spinach leaves
- small bunch parsley
- sourdough toast (or gluten-free alternative) and lemon wedges, to serve
- Put the kippers in a bowl and pour over boiling water so that they are completely covered. Leave for 8 mins, then drain. Meanwhile, put the remaining ingredients, except the sourdough and lemon wedges, into a food processor. Add a good grind of black pepper and whizz until everything is chopped and combined.
- Cut the heads off the kippers and remove the skin, then fillet and discard the bones. Add the kipper flesh to the processor and whizz again until you have a smooth pâté. Pack in a suitable container and chill. Serve with sourdough toast and lemon wedges.
- 1 tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 medium potato, such as Maris Piper or Desirée, cut into cubes
- ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 large orange
- 100g bag watercress
- 2 peppered smoked mackerel fillets, skin removed
- Whisk together the Sherry or wine vinegar, mustard and oil with some seasoning. Boil the potatoes in salted water until easily pierced with a knife, about 10 mins. Toss in a bowl with threequarters of the dressing and onion slices, then leave to cool a little.
- Cut the peel and pith from the orange, then cut into thick slices. Toss the watercress into the salad, then divide between 2 plates and top with the oranges, fish and the remaining dressing.
- 4 pitta breads
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 240g hot-smoked trout fillets
- 200ml reduced fat soured cream
- 1 tbsp chopped gherkin
- 2 tbsp chopped dill, plus extra for sprinkling
- Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 8. Halve the pittas and cut into wedges. Brush with 2 tbsp olive oil; sprinkle with salt and chopped dill. Cook for 10-12 mins until crisp.
- Flake the hot smoked trout fillets and mix with soured cream, chopped gherkins and chopped dill. Serve with the crisps.