Smoked salmon pâté with melba toast

This fresh smoked salmon pâté is really easy to make, great for parties, or just to snack.


  • 175g/6oz smoked salmon, roughly chopped
  • 75ml/3floz double cream
  • 50g/2oz crème fraiche
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1 bunch radishes, trimmed
  • 6 small cooked beetroot, cut into quarters
  • 1 bunch watercress, leaves picked
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices thin sliced white bread

Preparation method

  1. For the pâté, blend the smoked salmon, double cream and crème fraiche in a food processor to a fine purée.

  2. Season with salt, black pepper and lemon juice then place in a bowl in the fridge until ready to serve.

  3. Place the radishes, beetroot and watercress into a bowl and mix together to combine.

  4. Whisk the mustard, vinegar and olive oil together until emulsified then season with a little salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour over the radishes, beetroot and watercress.

  5. For the melba toast, preheat the grill to high.

  6. Grill both sides of the bread until golden-brown, then cut the toast slices in half horizontally.

  7. Remove any soft bread from the middle and discard.

  8. Grill the soft inner sides until golden-brown, then cut the toast slices into quarters diagonally.

  9. To serve, place a quenelle of pâté onto a plate and spoon the salad alongside. Finish with a pile of toast alongside.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen Best Bites

Less than 30 mins preparation time

Less than 10 mins cooking time

Serves 4

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