New England residents are spoiled by an abundance of fresh seafood, so it’s no surprise that some of the best seafood restaurants are located here. The Straight Wharf Restaurant on Nantucket is one such restaurant. Their Smoked Bluefish Pâté served with Melba toast and pickled vegetables is a Straight Wharf signature dish worth traveling to Nantuket for. Luckily for the rest of us, the bluefish in their recipe is smoked, so you don’t have to live by the sea to make it at home. Straight Wharf shared their recipe with Food & Wine, and I nabbed it from them, made it, photographed it and ate it. All for you.
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 medium red onion, minced
4 to 6 dashes of hot sauce
1/4 cup minced chives
1/2 pound skinless, boneless smoked bluefish, flaked (got mine at Whole Foods)
Bagels, toasts or crackers, for serving
In a bowl, blend the cream cheese with the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, parsley, onion, hot sauce and half the chives. Fold the bluefish into the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve open faced on a bagel or on Melba toast as they do on Nantucket.