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    Smoked Haddock Pâté with Cayenne Pitta Crisps

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    Smoked Haddock Pâté with Cayenne Pitta Crisps

    This flavour-packed fish pâté and spicy pitta crisps can be served as individual starters, or as a shared dip.

    • Low Fat
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 20 mins, plus at least 2 hours chilling
    • Total time: 2 hours 35 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 35 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 1 undyed smoked haddock fillet (about 250g), from the fish service counter
    • 1 unwaxed lemon, zest finely grated, plus 2 tbsp juice
    • 100g Waitrose Light Soft Cheese
    • 15g pack fresh chives, finely chopped, (reserve a few whole blades to garnish)
    • 2 tbsp Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Nonpareille Capers in Brine, drained, rinsed and chopped
    • For the pitta crisps
    • 2 Waitrose White Pittas
    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • Pinch cayenne pepper


    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Place the fish in a medium-sized shallow pan, cover with cold water, then bring to the boil over a high heat. Put a lid on the pan, remove from the heat and leave for 5 minutes. Transfer the fish to a plate to cool.
    2. Pat the cooked fish with kitchen paper to dry. Remove any skin or bones and flake the flesh into the bowl of a food processor. Add the lemon zest, juice and soft cheese, then blend to make a coarse pâté. Add the chopped chives and capers, and whizz briefly. Transfer to a bowl, cover, then chill for at least 2 hours.
    3. Carefully cut each pitta through the middle. Place cut-side up on a chopping board and rub with a little olive oil then sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Cut each piece into rough triangles. Place on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 5-6 minutes until golden brown.
    4. Place the pâté in a serving bowl or in 4 ramekins, garnish with the reserved chives and serve with the pitta crisps.

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    Cook's tips

    Both the pâté and the pitta crisps can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance. Keep the pâté chilled and store the pitta crisps in an airtight container.

    Drinks recommendation

    Serve with a soft juicy red wine.


    Average user rating

    4 stars