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Walnut Grove Recipes

Smoked Mackerel & Smoked Salmon Timbale

Makes 4

  • 6 smoked salmon slices
  • 4 smoked mackerel fillets
  • 3 tsp horseradish sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 200ml double cream


1. Oil 4 ramekins, line them with cling film then line them with smoked salmon so there are no gaps, with excess smoked salmon hanging over the side (to wrap the top).

2. Flake the smoked mackerel into a bowl, making sure there are no bones. Add the horseradish sauce & chopped dill and mix well with the flaked mackerel.

3. Semi-whip the cream and fold carefully into the mackerel mixture. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt & pepper.

4. Spoon the mixture into the lined ramekins, cover with the overhanging smoked salmon and place in the fridge for a couple of hours.

5. To serve remove the timbales from the cling film. Place onto your plate and serve with a prawn and cucumber dressing.

Serving Suggestions

The timbales can be made two to three days in advance.

Serving Suggestions

The timbales are best served as a starter, they are quite rich, so if you are serving a lot of courses it would be best to make them smaller, using smaller ramekins.

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