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Patagonia Provisions

Mackerel Melt

Mackerel Melt sandwich and chips on a plate next to a can of Long Root Ale

Here’s a take on the classic tuna salad and melted-cheese sandwich, but with fish that’s responsibly sourced and equally delicious. A mild, surprisingly meaty little fish, wild Atlantic mackerel is an excellent source of protein and vitamin D, and has over 500 mg of Omega-3s per serving—all without the accumulated toxins associated with large predator fish like tuna and swordfish.

SKILL LEVEL: EASY 

MAKES 2 SANDWICHES


FOR THE MACKEREL SALAD

  • 2 tins Patagonia Provisions Roasted Garlic Mackerel fillets, drained and separated into fat flakes
  • 1 celery stalk, diced small
  • 1 small shallot or 1/4 red onion, diced small
  • About ⅓ cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice plus 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper

FOR THE SANDWICHES

  • 4 slices muenster cheese (3-4 oz.)
  • 6-8 dill pickle chips, drained and patted dry (optional)
  • 4 slices rye bread
  • 3-4 tbsp. salted butter, softened

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

  • In a medium bowl, gently mix mackerel salad ingredients together.
  • Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat.
  • Assemble sandwiches: Lay a cheese slice on a slice of bread. Add 3-4 pickle chips, half of mackerel salad, and another cheese slice; top with bread. Repeat for second sandwich.
  • Smear tops of sandwiches with half the softened butter. Place sandwiches in pan, buttered side down, then butter the top sides. Cook until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes per side.

MACKEREL SALAD VARIATIONS (adapted from the Kitchn)

  • Use yogurt instead of mayo for a lighter salad.
  • Replace the mayo with the olive oil from the tin for a looser salad.
  • Add diced apples, raisins, or dried fruit to the basic recipe.
  • Add diced fennel, shredded cabbage, diced cucumbers, or any other crunchy vegetable.
  • Add a dash of curry powder, dukkah, harissa, or any other savory spice mix in your cupboard.
  • Stir in chopped fresh herbs.