One of the questions I get asked the most is how to make nutritious Paleo snacks. Whilst snack bars and energy balls are often the go-to snack of choice they can be heavy on nuts and dried fruit (both shop bought and homemade versions) so it makes them very nutrient dense and you certainly don’t want to be filling up on them between every meal. I know it is tempting to do so but it is important to mix it up and try out some alternative snacks. Today I want to share with you my recipe for Paleo mackerel pate to help out with those snack dilemmas.
One of my favourite Paleo snacks is pate; all varieties of pate tend to lend themselves well to Paleo cooking which is definitely good news if you ask me. Today’s recipe is for one of my favourites; Paleo mackerel pate. You can enjoy with some Paleo bread or with a selection of crudites (my favourite is pepper sticks) and you have a protein based snack with a healthy dose of fats and full of flavour. In this recipe you also get the added benefit that mackerel is a great source of omega 3.
If you are wanting to have a good Paleo bread option on hand then I would recommend the ready-made packet mixes by Ugg Foods. My favourite is the chia seed and nut bread. They are the perfect option when you don’t have the time to make your own loaf from scratch and you fancy some Paleo friendly bread to get you through the day. You can read more about Ugg Foods in our guest blog post from last year.
My Paleo mackerel pate can be used as a snack in between meals or even as a light lunch if you wanted to add some salad. It is perfect for taking to work; you can even set the pate in small Tupperware boxes instead of one larger bowl so you have portions already packed up and ready to take with you. It is also a good way of getting some oily fish into your children’s diet and also your own if you are not eating fish on a regular basis.
Paleo mackerel pate…
Oily fish makes a great base for a pate and I often use sardines and salmon but for this recipe I wanted to use mackerel. I should start that by saying I know mackerel is not to everyone’s taste and some find it a bit too strong. I would say that it is worth trying it in a pate as the taste is milder when mixed with the clarified butter and lemon juice. There is even a touch of Dijon mustard in there and I know many people who dislike mackerel but have enjoyed this recipe.
You want to be looking for smoked mackerel. You can get various flavours of smoked mackerel (you might find some with honey or a spice flavouring) and you are fine to use whichever you wish but just make sure there are no hidden ingredients in there that you need to be aware of. They should just be added during the smoking process to infuse the fish but it is always best to check.
The pate is made using clarified butter and lemon juice. If you wanted to use grass-fed butter instead then you can do so just make sure it is at room temperature and not too soft. If you want to find out more clarified butter and why I use it in recipes then you can take a look at my article on How to Make Clarified Butter.
I finish off my pate with a thin layer of melted clarified butter. This is poured over the top of the pate and then I add some crushed peppercorns into this to set. Not only does this layer help to seal the pate and make it last longer but it adds an extra layer of flavour.
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Servings: 2 - 3 people
- 160g smoked mackerel, skin removed
- 60g clarified butter, cubed
- ½ lemon, juice only
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- 3 tbsp clarified butter, melted
- 1 tbsp black peppercorns, crushed
- To serve:
- 1 pack of Ugg Foods bread mix (optional)
- Place the mackerel, cubed clarified butter, lemon juice and mustard into a food processor.
- Blitz together until you get a pate consistency; you can make it as chunky or smooth as you like. Add more clarified butter cubes if needed.
- Place the pate into a bowl or clip top jar and smooth the top so it is even.
- Pour over the melted clarified butter so that it covers the pate evenly.
- Add the crushed peppercorns to the top and place into the fridge to set.
- Enjoy with Paleo friendly crackers, bread or crudites.
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