120g smoked salmon trimmings

60g creme fraiche

60g cream cheese

1 lemon

2 slices white toast



Smoked salmon paté with melba toast

preparation 5 mins • you cook for 9 mins •

Serves 2

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This is a great little starter or snack to share with friends. Using smoked salmon trimmings makes it really cheap, and with the melba toast accompanying it, wait to you see how easy but tasty it is.

Baking tray for the melba toast

Food processor

Ramekin to serve

Spatula or spoon to stir


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Preheat your oven to 200c then you can get on and make the melba toast. This will take about 4 minutes in the oven, by which time everything else will be done. Take your toast and cut the crusts off to form a square. Now this is the only tricky bit. Using a large knife, slide the blade gently into the soft middle part of the toast that will have been exposed by cutting the crusts off. Slowly and gently, run the knife through the toast (as pictured below), so that you cut it in half, with each half having one toasted and one untoasted side.

It's really easy once you get the hang of it. Cut each half across the diagonal to create four triangles. Place all the triangles on a baking tray, toasted side down and bake in the oven for 4 minutes until they curl up and go golden brown.

Next it's on to the paté, so simply put the smoked salmon, cream cheese and creme fraiche into your food processor with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the juice of half a lemon and blitz for 10 seconds until it's pretty much blended. Turn the processor off and scrape the sides of your food processor with a spatula and blitz again for 20 seconds. You should end up with a thick creamy consistency.

By now your melba toast should be done, so take them out of the oven and they should be nice and golden and curled up.

All you need to do now is empty the paté out of the food processor into a ramekin. Put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill and slightly set and you're done. How easy was that?!

I hope that you enjoy it.


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