Over Mother’s Day weekend I sat on the porch with Mom, embracing the fresh air of spring with a glass of gentle white wine and this Scandi-worthy appetizer. The dish took a matter of minutes to prepare yet was something special to share with someone so dear to me. I thought I’d take a quick moment to share it with you today.
Smoked Mackerel and Dill Spread
The idea for this easy appetizer or snack comes from Eat. Nourish. Glow. by Amelia Freer, who has been all over the media lately for her work helping celebrity clients get healthy and fit. I haven’t read the book, but I did spot this recipe from it and was excited to give it a try. I found packages of frozen smoked mackerel at Scandinavian Specialties in Seattle.
.40 pound smoked mackerel, skin removed
4 sprigs fresh dill, chopped
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Freshly-ground black pepper
Crispbread, for serving
Start by roughly chopping the smoked mackerel and placing it in a medium bowl. Add the dill, yogurt, and lemon juice and stir, breaking the fish apart with the back of a spoon. Grind a little pepper over the top and stir again. Give it a taste and adjust the flavors a bit if necessary, perhaps adding a little dill or a touch more lemon if needed to balance out the oiliness of the fish. Serve with crispbread.