This is one of those meals that newspapers like to call a ‘midweek supper’, a category that seems to encompass anything that isn’t a roast dinner. Bit silly really, as I’d happily eat a roast dinner every day of the week. Anyway, this is very yummy and cheap (Lidl’s whole smoked mackerel are less than two quid, what a BARGAIN). Plus it’s very flexible depending on what you have in your fridge – butternut squash languishing in a cupboard? Throw it on top! Don’t have any spinach? Watercress! The crème fraiche is up to you as well – often I go for half cream cheese, half sour cream/double cream with a bit of lemon in it. It works.
1/3 (or thereabouts) of a butternut squash, cubed (optional but highly recommended!)
350g (or thereabouts) new potatoes
2 large tbsp crème fraiche (or similar)
Juice of half a lemon
Horseradish to taste (about ¾ tsp)
200g smoked mackerel (or half a large fish) roughly flaked
2 large handfuls of spinach
1) Coat the butternut squash (if using) with olive oil and a pinch of salt and roast at 220C for 40mins.
2) Meanwhile, halve the potatoes and boil until tender. Mix together the crème fraiche, horseradish and lemon juice in a large bowl and season with LOTS of pepper.
3) When the potatoes are done, drain them and tip into the crème fraiche mixture, which will start to melt. Add the spinach and stir to coat, then leave for a couple of minutes so the spinach begins to wilt.
4) Stir in the mackerel and serve warm with the butternut squash on top.