Bell Inn Smokies – Smoked Fish Starter

Bell Inn Smokies are a tasty smoked fish starter that are simple to create and taste delicious. I learned them on a cookery course I did many years ago and they are a firm favourite with both children and adults.

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To make enough for 6 to 8 people as a starter you will need 6 ramekins and the following:


  • 1 large fillet of smoked fish (hand dyed haddock works well)
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • Small tub of cream (whipping or double)
  • 150gms Gruyére cheese grated


  • Fish MarketHeat the oven to 180c
  • Skin the fish and cut it into small bite size pieces making sure to remove all bones
  • Skin the tomatoes and cute into small bite size pieces (to skin tomatoes simple slice the skin in a few places with a sharp knife and add to boiled water for 1 minute, remove and the skin should peel away easily)
  • Place the uncooked fish into the ramekins and add the tomato pieces.
  • Cover with the grated cheese
  • Add enough cream to each ramekin to cover the fish and tomatoes.
  • Place the ramekins on a tray in the over and bake until the cheese melts and the fish is cooked, usually 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot from the over with crusty bread for dipping!

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