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"I love smoked fish, and this eel pâté is delicate, rich and moreish. It goes well with just about any drink and can be made a few days ahead of serving." This recipe makes 24 crostini.

You'll need

1 sourdough baguette, thinly sliced 80 ml (1/3 cup) extra-virgin olive oil   Smoked eel pâté 40 gm butter, coarsely chopped 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 4 golden shallots, thinly sliced 1 smoked eel (450gm), skin removed, bones removed, coarsely flaked 3 thyme sprigs 150 ml dry white wine 250 gm crème fraîche   Glacé beetroot 2 tsp whole allspice 2 tsp black peppercorns 250 gm caster sugar 250 ml (1 cup) balsamic vinegar 1 medium beetroot (190gm), peeled, thinly sliced on a mandolin 1 cinnamon quill

Method

  • 01
  • For eel pâté, heat butter and oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat, add shallots and sauté until pale golden (5-6 minutes). Add eel, thyme and salt to taste (be careful; smoked eel is salty), then stir until eel starts to brown (2-3 minutes). Turn up heat to medium-high and deglaze pan with white wine, simmering until reduced by half (3-5 minutes). Remove from heat, pour mixture into a bowl and refrigerate to cool (45 minutes). Discard thyme, then pulse in a food processor until smooth. Whip crème fraîche in a bowl until soft peaks form and fold into eel mixture. Check seasoning and refrigerate until required. Smoked eel pâté will keep for 4 days in the fridge.
  • 02
  • For glacé beetroot, combine spices, sugar and vinegar in a saucepan and bring to the boil, then simmer over medium heat until reduced by a quarter (10 minutes). Strain into a clean pan, discarding spices. Add beetroot to liquid and gently simmer over medium heat until beetroot is tender and slightly sticky (10-15 minutes). This can be prepared a few days in advance; store in a sealed plastic container. When ready to serve, drain beetroot on absorbent paper.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 220C. Place baguette on oven trays, drizzle with oil and toast in the oven, turning once, until golden on both sides (8-10 minutes). Cool completely. Crostini will keep in a sealed container for up to 2 days.
  • 04
  • To serve, scoop 2 tsp of the eel pâté onto each crostini and top with a slice of glacé beetroot.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 - 10 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 - 10 people

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Dec 2013

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