What are rillettes, you ask? Rillettes are a traditional French spread similar to pâté usually using pork, duck or goose that is cooked, cooled and shredded. I thought it might be fun to create rillettes with smoked white fish, although this recipe is more of a chunky spread than a smooth pâté. I purchased a white fish fillet that had already been smoked. I then blended the shredded fish with crème fraîche, lemon zest, lemon juice, a generous amount of black pepper, and fresh chopped chives. Paired with cut veggies, crackers or crusty bread, this is a delectable and light appetizer or a simple lunch dish.
- 1/2-1 pound smoked white fish de-boned and skin removed
- 5-6 tablespoons creme fraiche or to taste
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh chives finely chopped
- Zest of one lemon
- Juice of one lemon or to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Pinch of sea salt (optional)
- Purchase the white fish already smoked and remove any remaining bones. Shred the fish into small pieces. Add the crème fraîche and gently mix it with a fork. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and taste. Mix in the chopped chives. Season to taste with pepper and a pinch of sea salt.