Smoked Mackerel, Sweet Potato Mash, Red Pesto & Sour Cream

by - August 10, 2016

Simple buttery mashed sweet potato swirled with spicy red pesto and cooling sour cream alongside smoked mackerel fillets, finished with parsley. Takes 10 minutes, costs so little and tastes FIT

This is the sixth recipe twist that the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassadors are doing on 10 of Jamie's original Recipes for and this is a twist on his Salmon and Pesto Dressed Vegetables.

I decided to keep pesto in the twist because it's so versatile, quick and tasty but have opted for spicy tomato pesto, as tomato compliments mackerel so well, cooled down with some sour cream. 
Here the vegetables are also being kept simple because the point of these recipes is to teach everyone to cook 10 staple, healthy meals - 'Life saving meals'. Once you can master a few of these, if not all, you can whip them out anytime and have no reason to say that it's difficult or expensive to eat healthily. 

So with just one vegetable, our old friend the sweet potato, it's very easy to make. Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants and other nutrients, such as vitamin A and are natural anti-inflammatories as well as being antibacterial. They are cheap, mashable, roastable, boilable, microwaveable, grateable, spirazlizeable - the lot! 

I buy smoked mackerel fillets vaccuum packed as it's ready to eat hot or cold, delicious and cheap and here I'm serving it cold - but feel free to grill it for 5 minutes, if you want it hot.

Finished with torn flat leaf parsley for an extra vitamin C kick, extra taste and to make the whole dish look pretty. 

So, want to make it? Here's how...

2 smoked mackerel fillets
1 large sweet potato
20g salted butter
Handful of fresh parsley, torn
3 tbsp spicy red pesto
2 tbsp sour cream

Boil or bake or microwave your sweet potato until soft. Mash with the butter and season well.
Arrange on the plate and swirl in the red pesto and sour cream.
Add your mackerel fillets and finish with the parsley.


And the remaining mackerel fillets?

Why not turn them into a salad the next day, with the same pesto and sour cream combo as the dressing?

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