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Beetroot, smoked mackerel and horseradish salad
Beetroot, smoked mackerel and horseradish salad
added by Three Go Mad

Recipe taken from Channel 4's River Cottage: Three Go Mad series.

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Prep time
  • 15 mins
Cook Time
  • 1 hr
  • 4
  • 400g beetroot (preferably no bigger than a golf ball)
  • 2–3 garlic cloves (unpeeled), bashed
  • A sprig of thyme
  • 3 tbsp sunflower, rapeseed or olive oil
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • 3 smoked mackerel fillets (about 200g in total), skin removed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A selection of salad leaves
  • For the dressing;
  • 3 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 3 tsp grated fresh horseradish
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon caster sugar 
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
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Preheat the oven to 200C

Scrub the beetroot then put in a roasting tray with the garlic, thyme, 2 tablespoons oil and some salt and pepper. Shake the tray to toss the ingredients together. Add a splash of water, then cover with foil and roast until the beetroot are tender, about 1 hour but possibly longer. Remove the foil for the 15 minutes of roasting to get some colour. Leave to cool completely then cut into quarters.

To make the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together then season with salt and pepper.

Flake the smoked mackerel into bite-sized chunks, checking for any small bones.

Arrange the salad leaves, mackerel and beetroot on a dish, then drizzle on the dressing. Serve with bread on the side

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Love all the ingredients and it looks lovely, going to have a go at this some time this week, will let you know how it is but I suspect we all know it's going to become a favorite !

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