Peppered Mackerel & Potato Bake

While in France, during a short Chritmas feast respite, in search of a light dinner we went to a supermarket well known for its fish counter. After choosing a couple of cod fillets, I gasped at the price: 10 euros for 400g which puts the kilo at around £20.

On return and still in shock, thrifty buy such as mackerel seemed liked a good idea especially since as Pebble Soup has already had its fair share of mackerel recipes with:

Mackerel Fillets with Parsley, Mint and Anchovy Sauce a Rachel Allen's clean and lean recipe

Greek Yoghurt Tartare of Mackerel with Minted Cucumber Soup for special occasions

Mackerel Pâté a light lunch or starter ready in 10 minutes

And from now on Peppered Mackerel and Potato Bake, the tip-top of comfort food, a super-thrifty dish which doesn't compromise on taste. One which will grace the table again and again so good it is. Peppered Mackerel and Potato Bake, my only quarrel with this dish is that it isn't very photogenic.
Peppered Mackerel and Potato Bake

This recipe is originally from BBC Good Food magazine on line, it take 1h1/2 of which 1/2h only is preparation.
  • 750g medium-sized waxy new potatoes, such as Charlotte
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 large peppered smoked mackerel fillets, about 250g/9oz total weight
  • 284ml carton double cream
Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan 170C. 
The potatoes are cooked in their skins throughout: first boil them for a good 15min until almost cook. Use a knife to check, then drain and slice into thin slices. Be careful not to over to it as you want them to keep their shapes.
While the potatoes are cooking, slice the onions and cook gently in a pan using the oil.
Add the almost-cooked potatoes to the onions, toss and season.
In an oven dish, pour a little over half the potatoes flake the skinned and boned mackerel over the layer and top with the rest of the mixture. Pour the double cream on the top. Cover with a foil
Cook in the oven for 25 minutes remove the foil and cook for a further 25 minutes.

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