Breakfast, brunch and all things good · Festive feasts and treats · Snack time

Smoked mackerel pate and Christmas time


I am that annoying person who absolutely loves Christmas. And we’re talking loves with about a billion ‘o’s. Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it. I really do. The first sight of Christmas crackers lining the supermarket isles, childish squeals just escape from me. First whisper of a Christmas jingle, queue full blown song and dance number. Those first aromas of mulled cider from the market, I’m there in a flash with a twenty and two hands ready to be filled with piping hot mulled cider in a cup. I just cannot get enough of it.

This smoked mackerel pate always reminds me of Christmas time. It’s that classical combination right! Right? At Christmas time we have what is known in our house as ‘a feast’. Mum always whips up a batch of this pate, which I then proceed to eat my way through with a spoon alone. Comfort food doesn’t always have to be hot soups and heart stews. Sometimes it’s a food that takes you right back to a favorite place, a favorite time and this pate does exactly that. It’s creamy, light, smokey, and has the perfect kick from the cayenne. Not to mention it takes the sum total of about five minutes to whip up. Perfect for impromptu snacking, Christmas feasting or blog fueling.


If you want a fool proof, taste bud extravaganza this is your dish. All our ingredients get thrown into the food processor and we have a blitzing partay. No extra dishes, minimal washing up, maximum tasty rewards.


Plenty of lemon is needed for this recipe to really contrast the smokiness of the mackerel and compliment the spice from the cayenne. If the thought of cayenne in your pate doesn’t appeal then leave it out but up the pepper. Trust me though, you’ll appreciate the subtle heat.



Ingredients makes roughly 1/2 litre

250 grams smoked mackerel, ripped into small pieces

3 tablespoons creme fraiche

1/2 small bunch of chives, finally cut (I use scissors)

Juice of one large lemon

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


1. Take our your food processor and put on ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey and get your freaking Christmas groove on.

2. Place all the ingredients, except the chives, in the food processor and blitz until well smooth but with still a little texture. Add the chives and briefly pulse the mixture to incorporate.

3. Spoon into a sterilized jar and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, if you can resist it that long.



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