I am fully embracing the festive season! This is my favourite time of the year and I love the idea of bringing everyone together around the table with good food. It is one of the reasons why I admire America’s Thanksgiving, especially the way that they embrace all the autumnal seasonal produce to create a big feast with family and friends. Christmas is our time to do the same and it really is a special occasion. My husband and I always head back to the UK over Christmas but we still make the effort to have special dinners and nice treats at home in Berlin in the lead up to Christmas. There is something nice about experiencing that kind of Christmassy feeling in your own home, and of course I have a blog to run so of course we have to taste all my recipe testing!
This mackerel pâté is so simple to whizz together and is incredibly moreish so make sure to serve it with lots of fresh bread on the side! It is one of the easiest pâté’s that you could make and it is the perfect recipe to whip up for a quick and easy Christmas starter! I add a bit of smoked paprika to give it a little heat and top with some finely sliced celery for that extra crunch.
- 400g smoked mackerel
- 150g creme fraiche
- 100g cream cheese
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tspn ground smoked paprika
- 1 tbpsn olive oil
- Small bunch parsley
- 2 sticks celery (finely sliced)
- Fresh bread (to serve)
- Peel the skin off the mackerel and discard. Add to a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients (apart from the celery and bread) and whizz until you get a nice creamy pâté. Plate up into a serving bowl.
- Serve with the celery and some fresh bread. You can also griddle your bread to make toasts.