I had a marvelous Fish Spread here in Denmark that my stepdaughter Antonie made. It's a simple recipe but so good that i had to share it with you. She took Smoked Mackerel, which is common her and combined it with a little bit of Onion, Lemon, a high quality Mayonnaise and chives. Blended together, it made such a good topping for crackers that I know I will be making this spread again. Chances are, though, that I will be using Hot Smoked Salmon or Smoked Trout instead, as they are much easier to find in Seattle. It was simple, but so delicious. I think you will love it too!
Antonie's Smoked Fish Spread
1/2 pound of Smoked Fish (Mackerel, Salmon or Trout)
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon finely minced Yellow Onion
2 Tablespoons of minced Chives (reserve 1 Tablespoon for garnish)
Remove any dark flesh from the Smoked Fish and break up with your fingers and place in a bowl. Add Mayonnaise and Lemon Juice and mash it into the fish with a fork until it makes a paste. Then add the minced Onions and half of the Chives. Mix to combine. Sprinkle with the remaining Chives and refrigerate for several hours so the flavors can meld. Serve with crackers.
Five Element Analysis
Fish belongs to the Water Element, but smoking it makes it a bit Fiery too. The Lemon Juice contributes the Wood Element, while the Metal Element is represented by the Onion, Chives and the Mayonnaise, as condiments belong to this element - especially one that is white in color. Only the Earth Element is missing so I ate it with Potato Crackers to make a balanced Five Element snack!