Recipe: Smoked (No) Fish Pâté

No-Fish Pâte Open Sandwich

I wrote about food labels and being a meat reducer the other day, so am not going to rehash my ponderings.   I often make a speedy fish pate for lunch, simply mash up tinned or smoked fish with mayonnaise and yoghurt. Delish!

I created this vegan faux fish pâté for this month’s No Croutons Required, where the theme is sandwiches.  The addition of smoked oil and dried seaweed add layers of flavours – and the resulting pâté has the flavour profile, without the fishiness of my usual concoctions.

Use whichever beans and pulses you have, mine was a mixture of adzuki and pinto beans.  I tend to soak and cook dried beans, then free freeze them, far cheaper and less space consuming them buying tinned.  The secret ingredient here is a spoon of the caper juice, which adds some brightness, if you are not a caper fan use a squeeze of lemon instead.

Recipe: Smoked (No) Fish Pâté

Serves 2

1 cup /  ½ tinned beans – well rinsed
1 tsp smoked oil
few drops liquid smoke – or use more oil
1 tsp natural yoghurt or mayonnaise (dairy free if prefered)
Dash soy sauce
1 dsp capers in brine  – roughly chopped
1 tsp caper or lemon juice
1 tsp dried seaweed flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients into a bowl and mash with a fork until well mixed, but still retaining some texture.

Serve as an open sandwich on hearty bread and garnish with a sprinkle of parsley.

Faux smoked fish pate

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  1. great alternative to fish pate – I love smoky substances but have never come across smoked oil – sounds intriguing

  2. Smokes oil, liquid smoked . These are sounding very professional. Where are you getting such things? I need to be up on them myself. Very good idea using the smokiness with beans. Takes a good amount of restraint not to go too smoky. Does it taste of bacon I would love to know?

    • Smoked oil is available from various delis, and my liquid smoke came from a friend who went to the US. You can get it from Amazon, and I have a feeling that Wholefoods might stock it.

  3. Looks delicious, going to see if liquid smoke available in uk.

  4. Ahhh, now that was my next question Helen, about the liquid smoke. I think I will just think of this as bean pate. Even the mention of fish pate makes me feel queasy, even if it is veggie.

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