These fish cakes are simple and cheap to make, and also tasty and healthy. This recipe makes enough for three to four people as a main dish, or a couple more if used as a starter.
- 350g (12oz) peppered mackerel1
- 400g (14oz) sweet potato
- 400g (14oz) new potato
- A bunch of spring onions
Boil the potatoes with their skins on. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes. A good way to check if they are ready is to stab a piece of the potato with a straight-edged knife. If the potato slides off the knife immediately, then the potato is done. Mash the potatoes with the butter and paprika until you get a nice creamy consistency. Chop the spring onions into small pieces, break up the mackerel and add both to the mashed potatoes, mixing thoroughly.
Grease a large baking tray. Form the mixture into round cakes and flatten them to a thickness of about 2-3cm (an inch). Bake the cakes in the oven at 160°C (320°F; gas mark 3) for 25 minutes, then flip them over and bake for a further 25 minutes.
Serve with a tasty salad, ideally with rocket or spinach and sweet chilli sauce for a healthy option. Alternatively, these fish cakes make a great starter or side dish for a more substantial meal.