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Scottish Recipes - Baked Stuffed Mackerel

Mackerel was traditionally a plentiful catch and this recipe uses this fish to make a simple and healthy dish. Mackerel is one of the so called "oily fish" which contain Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat which can help to reduce total blood cholesterol. Omega-3 in the diet protects the heart and circulation and may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers and this dish allows for a tasty way to remian healthy.

4 Medium sized Mackerel
1/2 Lemon
1 oz Butter PLUS another 2 oz which will be melted
1 small finely chopped onion
2 Tablespoons chopped chives
8 oz Fresh breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to season
1 Small Egg (beaten)
3 tablespoons of flour

Preheat the oven to 375F or gas mark 5. Cut/ Slit the Mackerel (which should already have been cleaned/gutted)from head to tail. Rub the fish over with the lemon and salt. Melt 1 oz of butter in a pan and fry the onions until they are just starting to turn brown (do NOT completely brown them) then allow to cool.

In a seperate bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, fried onions and chives, season as requried and bind the mixture with the egg. This is the mixture which will be used to stuff the fish

Melt the other 2 oz of butter. Roll some mixture and palce in the centre of the fish. Then roll the stuffed Mackerel first in the flour then in the melted butter.
Place the fish into an oven proof dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, basting with the butter if required.
This recipe should serve 4 people.

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