Ep. 156 – baked mackerel with tomato salad and horseradish potatoes

Whether you are preparing for Easter or Palm Sunday, today’s recipe is perfect, super fancy and easier to make than you think. 🙂

Well, I passed it on to Chef, because I didn’t understand exactly how to cook the fish. :)))) Plus his oven is much smarter than mine. 😀

The recipe is from Gordon Ramsay and I liked the sound so much that I proposed it for the family dinner. Which in the end was not so ecstatic, that is why in the middle of the table sat a large bowl of fried mackerel and a smaller tray of mackerel made in the oven. :)))

Until the fish, let’s see the garnishes: the horseradish salad with horseradish is made from boiled potatoes, peeled and cut, which are mixed with a cream sauce with chopped onion, dill, grated horseradish. If you don’t like this option, then leave the sauce aside and everyone will put as much as they want.

Tomato salad, Gordon suggested a fennel salad with Rome tomatoes or whatever; we made with arugula, lettuce and tomatoes. The dressing is a simple vinaigrette, made of lemon juice with olive oil, chopped dill. The dressing is on side, for those who want it; plus if the whole salad isn’t eaten, it’s better kept without.

The fish, the piece of resistance, is a whole thawed mackerel, whose head and tail are cut and cleaned and washed well inside and out. Then it is striped at a distance of one finger on each side. For 4 pieces of mackerel, separately mix 125g soft butter (at room temperature) with 1 tsp* pepper, 2tsp smoked sweet paprika, 1tsp coriander, 1/2tsp mustard and 2tsp white or red wine. Grease the mackerel pieces on the outside and inside with the seasoning butter, then put them in the pan, in the oven, on the medium heat, with the heat on top (if you have), for 5 minutes on each side. Or until it gets a nice golden color. 🙂

If I did it a second time, I would use a lot less fat and put the fish in foil in the oven. It will be more dietetic and the spices will keep better. 🙂

Well, it was not the most disastrous idea for a Sunday family meal. 🙂

*tsp = teaspoon

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