Been thinking about fish lately after Jack Monroe had been blogging about her Fish chapter in her forthcoming book, and wondered if I could do anything with smoked mackerel fillets, which I love, at the 50p a portion level, and indeed I could – hooray!
So bought a pk of fillets at £2.03 and a pack of soft cheese at 73p and carried them home, put them on the worktop and contemplated
Extracted them from their very difficult to get into packaging and cut one fillet in half and removed the skin.
Then flaked it and mixed it with 100g of soft cheese, and added a bit of black pepper and a tsp lemon juice from a bottle – and that was it – a bowl of deliciousness.
half of 1 fillet of smoked mackerel £2.03 for 2 fillets, 50p
100g Basics soft cheese, 73p/300g, 24p
tsp lemon juice 1p?
- 300g carrot batons 80p/kg, 24p
you could have lots of other vegetables if you have them, cucumber, peppers or celery spring to mind, radishes from the garden maybe
this pate would also be lovely piled into a pitta bread or used as a sandwich filling, or a yummy jacket potato topping. It is very portable for a packed lunch too
per serving, with carrot batons
279 calories, 9g protein, 20g fat, 11g carbs
I now have three other fillets and wondered if I could make something nice with them that was also at the 50p level. I Googled ‘cheap mackerel fillet recipes’ and lots of yummy ideas came up – I don’t feel I’ve got enough fillet left now to try them all!
This is what I ended up doing
Half fillet one – Mackerel pate and crudites – this post
Half fillet two – Mackerel pate and pasta
Half fillet three – Smoked mackerel and roasted beetroot salad
Half fillet four – Mackerel kedgeree
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