Open-Face Smoked-Mackerel Sandwiches

Serving Size: 6
Total Time:


  • 1 large head of garlic, halved crosswise
  • 0.25 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 9 1/2-inch-thick slices of Italian bread or ciabatta, halved lengthwise
  • salt
  • small arugula leaves, for garnish
  • 3 smoked mackerel fillets fillet broken into 6 pieces, about 3/4 pound skin removed and each
  • 0.5 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced


1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Set the garlic on a piece of foil, cut sides up. Brush with oil and wrap the garlic in the foil. Bake for 40 minutes, until softened; let cool slightly.

2. Meanwhile, light a grill. Brush the bread slices on 1 side with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Grill over high heat until lightly charred, about 1 minute per side.

3. Squeeze the roasted garlic into a bowl and mash with a fork. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and season with salt.

4. Spread the roasted-garlic puree on the grilled bread and arrange a few arugula leaves on top. Top with the mackerel and onion and tomato slices and serve.