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Paul the Spud and I regularly have long-ass text threads about the "weird" foods we like that lots of other people don't. Recently, we had an embarrassingly long conversation (lol) about how much we both love mackerel, which is considered such a garbage fish that it's primarily used in cat food.

Listen, I don't care what anyone has to say about mackerel: It is fucking delicious! There are many days when my lunch is just mackerel packed in olive oil straight outta the can. Judge me all you want! I don't even care!

Anyway! Monday night, I made myself a variation on a classic tuna melt for dinner, except I made it with — you guessed it! — mackerel. And it was sooooooo good.

image of a dinner plate with two pieces of toast turned into mackerel melts, accompanied by some berries and apple slices

First, I set two pieces of brown bread to toast. Then I dumped a small can of mackerel packed in olive oil into a bowl, using about half the olive oil and disposing of the rest. Then I added just a squirt of light mayo, some chopped cherry tomatoes, parsley, salt, and black pepper. Once that was thoroughly mixed, I put it onto the finished toast, added some white cheddar on top, and then popped the toast back into the toaster oven.

While that got all nice and melty, I made up a plate with some apple slices, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

Once the cheese was thoroughly melted, I took it out of the toaster, put it onto the plate, and then settled in for a scrumptious dinner!

image of the plate of food seen from above
Easy and delish!

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