Mackerel is a luxurious, oil-rich fish that is perfect for smoking. It produces tasty fillets with real depth of flavour which makes it one of  the most popular smoked fish in the UK. This recipe uses it as the main ingredient in a delicious smoked mackerel tart, perfect for a lunch, supper or a tasty picnic treat.

Local Smoked Mackerel

The smoked mackerel  sold in our shops is cured in the century old smoke house at the rear of the Crouch End Shop. What you see on our counter are truly local food products. These are made with traditional skills and recipes that have been handed down through the family for at least six generations.

Preparation time will be about 5 minutes and a further 20 minutes for cooking  time.Quantities below will make four individual tarts.

Ingredients For Smoked Mackerel Tart

2 smoked mackerel fillets from Walter Purkis & Sons
4 ready baked short crust tarts or shortcrust pastry ready for rolling
50g feta cheese, crumbled
100g grated cheese of your choice
100g cottage cheese
1 egg
20ml cream
1tsp chopped herbs – chives or parsley or dill will all work well.

Cooking Method For Smoked Mackerel Tart

Pre-heat your oven to 200 °c. If you are using a ready rolled pastry sheet remove from the fridge and allow it to warm up.

Butter the individual tart tins or at 25cm shallow flan tin and sprinkle with a little flour. Roll out your pastry to a thickness of about 3mm. Carefully lift the dough and lay it over the tart tin, then gently press down into the base. Trim the edges, leaving a rim of pastry above the rim of the tin to allow for shrinkage. Bake in oven until pastry firmed and starting to colour – line the dish with grease proof paper and some baking beans to keep a good shape.

Mix all the ingredients for the tart together and add in the flaked mackerel

Pour the mixture into the tart cases. Arrange the fish flakes to ensure they have and even distribution and cook in the oven at 170°c until just set, this will be about 15 minutes.

Place the mackerel tarts on to serving plates and pile some green salad leaves on top, drizzle with a little dressing and serve.

If you like this smoked fish tart why not try this smoked haddock quiche recipe >>