Classic Gefilte Fish Recipes

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CLASSIC GEFILTE FISH



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Gefilte fish is one of those recipes where touch and taste are essential ingredients. A basic recipe goes this way:"You put in this and add that." If you don't want to taste the raw fish, add a bit more seasoning than you normally would. What makes this recipe Galicianer (southern Polish) is the addition of sugar.

Provided by Joan Nathan

Categories     Egg     Fish     Onion     Appetizer     Sukkot     Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur     Carrot     Fall     Kosher     Boil     Sugar Conscious     Pescatarian     Dairy Free     Peanut Free     Tree Nut Free     Soy Free

Yield Yield: about 26 patties (P)

Number Of Ingredients 11

7 to 7 1/2 pounds whole carp, whitefish, and pike, filleted and ground*
4 quarts cold water or to just cover
3 teaspoons salt or to taste
3 onions, peeled
4 medium carrots, peeled
2 tablespoons sugar or to taste
1 small parsnip, chopped (optional)
3 to 4 large eggs
Freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2 cup cold water (approximately)
1/3 cup matzah meal (approximately)
*Ask your fishmonger to grind the fish. Ask him to reserve the tails, fins, heads, and bones. Be sure he gives you the bones and trimmings. The more whitefish you add, the softer your gefilte fish will be.

Steps:

  • 1. Place the reserved bones, skin, and fish heads in a wide, very large saucepan with a cover. Add the water and 2 teaspoons of the salt and bring to a boil. Remove the foam that accumulates.
  • 2. Slice 1 onion in rounds and add along with 3 of the carrots. Add the sugar and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes while the fish mixture is being prepared.
  • 3. Place the ground fish in a bowl. In a food processor finely chop the remaining onions, the remaining carrot, and the parsnip; or mince them by hand. Add the chopped vegetables to the ground fish.
  • 4. Add the eggs, one at a time, the remaining teaspoon of salt, pepper, and the cold water, and mix thoroughly. Stir in enough matzah meal to make a light, soft mixture into oval shapes, about 3 inches long. Take the last fish head and stuff the cavity with the ground fish mixture.
  • 5. Remove from the saucepan the onions, skins, head, and bones and return the stock to a simmer. Gently place the fish patties in the simmering fish stock. Cover loosely and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Taste the liquid while the fish is cooking and add seasoning to taste. Shake the pot periodically so the fish patties won't stick. When gefilte fish is cooked, remove from the water and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.
  • 6. Using a slotted spoon carefully remove the gefilte fish and arrange on a platter. Strain some of the stock over the fish, saving the rest in a bowl.
  • 7. Slice the cooked carrots into rounds cut on a diagonal about 1/4 inch thick. Place a carrot round on top of each gefilte fish patty. Put the fish head in the center and decorate the eyes with carrots. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with a sprig of parsley and horseradish.

BEST GEFILTE FISH



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The following recipe is from somebody's Mother's mother and grandmother because let's face it, there should be a more-palatable option than eating that dreadful fish-en-gelee out of a jar.

Provided by SomebodysMothers

Categories     Seafood     Fish

Time 5h40m

Yield 6

Number Of Ingredients 15

2 pounds red snapper - head, skin, and bones removed and reserved
1 pound speckled trout - head, skin, and bones removed and reserved
2 quarts water
1 onion
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 pinch white sugar, or more to taste
1 onion, chopped fine
3 eggs, beaten, or more as needed
⅓ cup water, or as needed
1 tablespoon matzo meal, or as needed
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 carrot, sliced into rounds

Steps:

  • Grind snapper meat and trout meat in a meat grinder set to the smallest grind. Process fish meat through the grinder again.
  • Place reserved fish heads, skin, and bones in a large pot. Add water, onion, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, and 1 pinch white sugar; bring mixture to a boil and cook until flavors combine, at least 30 minutes. Strain and discard fish heads, skin, bones, and onion. Return broth to the pot.
  • Beat ground fish, eggs, onion, water, matzo meal, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon white pepper in a large bowl with an electric mixture until mixture is soft and holds together. Using wet hands, form fish mixture into oblong 1-inch balls.
  • Gently drop fish balls into broth, adding more water as necessary to completely cover all of the fish. Cover the pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat, uncover the pot, and simmer until stock has reduced by half, about 2 1/2 hours.
  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add carrot rounds, cover, and steam until tender but firm to the bite, 6 to 10 minutes.
  • Carefully remove fish to a serving dish. Place 1 carrot slice on top of each fish ball. Pour broth over the fish balls and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate until broth gels, at least 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 303.9 calories, Carbohydrate 6.9 g, Cholesterol 189.2 mg, Fat 8 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 48.4 g, SaturatedFat 2.2 g, Sodium 1316.6 mg, Sugar 3.1 g

FAIRLY CLASSIC GEFILTE FISH



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Provided by Florence Fabricant

Categories     dinner, main course

Time 3h45m

Yield 24 pieces, about 12 servings

Number Of Ingredients 22

3 pounds fish fillets, preferably
1 pound each whitefish, pike and carp, cut in 1-inch squares
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons minced parsley
1/3 cup matzoh meal
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup dry white kosher for Passover wine, or water
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons kosher salt or to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper or to taste
1 quart fish stock (see below)
2 carrots, peeled
Prepared horseradish
3 pounds fish bones and heads
8 cups water (approximately)
1 large carrot, peeled
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon white peppercorns
Kosher salt to taste

Steps:

  • Grind the fish, but not too finely. In a food processor it should be done in two batches, about 24 pulses each. Mix the fish with the onion, garlic, parsley, matzoh meal, lemon juice, wine or water and eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Do not underseason. The best way to check the seasonings is to poach a small amount of the mixture in simmering water and taste.
  • For the stock, place the fish bones and heads in a stockpot. Cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Boil about 5 minutes, skimming constantly. Lower heat to a simmer.
  • Add the remaining stock ingredients except the salt, and simmer gently about 1 1/2 hours, adding additional water as needed to keep the ingredients covered. Strain through a very fine strainer. Season with salt.
  • Pour the stock into a large shallow saucepan. Add the carrots, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove the carrots, slice them and refrigerate. Add enough water to the stock so the liquid is about 3 inches deep. Bring to a simmer.
  • Keeping your hands wet with cold water, form the fish mixture into oval patties about 3 inches long. Slip as many as will fit comfortably into the pan, and poach for 30 minutes. Remove and drain them, and continue poaching the rest. When all the fish is cooked, transfer it to a bowl or serving dish, scatter the carrot slices over it and refrigerate.
  • Boil down the cooking liquid until it is reduced to about 3 cups. Strain through a fine strainer. Spoon some over the cooled fish. Refrigerate the rest. It should jell. Skim the surface.
  • Serve the fish cold with horseradish and jellied broth on the side.

GEFILTE FISH PATE



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Begin your Passover dinner with this delicious gefilte fish pate recipe from Joan Nathan's "Jewish Cooking in America." Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Appetizers

Number Of Ingredients 14

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 medium sweet onions (about 2 pounds), peeled and chopped
1 1/2 pounds whitefish fillet, bones removed, finely ground
1 1/2 pounds pike fillet, bones removed, finely ground
4 large eggs
2 cups cold water
6 tablespoons matzah meal
1 tablespoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground white pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
Fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
Red horseradish, for serving
White horseradish, for serving

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine fish, cooled onions, eggs, water, matzah meal, salt, pepper, and sugar. Beat on medium speed for 15 minutes. Add grated carrots and mix until well combined.
  • Transfer mixture to 12-cup bundt pan, smoothing top with a spatula. Place bundt pan in a larger baking dish and fill baking dish 2-inches high with water. Transfer to oven and bake for 1 hour. Cover bundt pan with parchment paper-lined foil and continue baking until center feels solid when a wooden skewer is inserted into the center, about 1 hour more.
  • Remove bundt pan from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Invert onto a flat serving plate and refrigerate overnight. Slice and serve garnished with parsley.

GEFILTE FISH



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Provided by Food Network

Number Of Ingredients 19

2 or 2 1/2 pounds head, bones, and skins from carp, pike, and whitefish
1 gallon water
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
3 stalks celery
6 or 8 sprigs fresh thyme
2 small bay leaves
1 heaping teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1/4 cup Kosher salt
2 pounds fillets (pin bones left in) from carp, whitefish and pike (about 1/3 of each)
2 large eggs
3 ounces onions, very finely chopped
2 ounces carrots, peeled and grated very finely
2/3 cup ground matzo meal
1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup cold water

Steps:

  • 1) Combine all ingredients, except the fish skin in a large (8 to 10 quart) braising pot. The skin will be added after the Gefilte fish is cooking. 2) Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Mix the Gefilte fish while the stock is simmering. The dumplings will be cooked in the stock after it has simmered 20 to 30 minutes and the stock will not be strained until after the Gefilte fish is removed.;
  • Grind the fish fillets (which will have the fine pin bones in the meat) through the small plate of a meat grinder. Mix well and grind again. Place the fish in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs, onions, carrots, matzo meal, salt, pepper and sugar. Mix very well. Add the oil and cold water and blend into a smooth paste. Make a small ball and cook in the stock for a couple of minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Have a bowl of water handy. Keeping both hands wet, shape 3-ounces of the mixture into oval balls and drop into the stock. Continue until all are made and added to the stock. After they have cooked 10 minutes, add the skin (it was reserved) to the stock. Cover the pot and simmer slowly for 2 hours, turning and basting the dumplings every 15 or 20 minutes. Remove the Gefilte fish with a slotted spoon and place in a large container. Strain the remaining stock over the Gefilte fish. Pick the carrots slices out of the remains and add to the strained stock as well. Allow the Gefilte fish and carrots to cool in the stock, which should gel when completely chilled. Serve with the jellied stock, carrots and beet-horseradish. Slice the Gefilte fish for a nice presentation.;

GEFILTE FISH



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Provided by Sharon Lebewohl

Categories     Egg     Fish     Onion     Vegetable     Passover     Sukkot     Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur     Chill     Kosher     Boil

Yield Makes 12

Number Of Ingredients 16

For the gefilte fish balls
1 (1 1/2-pound) fillet of whitefish and (1 1/2-pound) fillet of carp or pike (at fish store, ask for whole fish, filleted and skinned. Retain the heads and bones. Many stores will also grind the fish for you)
2 large onions (about 2 cups when grated; don't tamp it down)
1 stalk celery
1/2 medium carrot
6 eggs, beaten
4 teaspoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/8 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup corn oil
1 cup matzo meal
For the cooking
Heads and bones from fish
4 medium onions, peeled and quartered
2 stalks celery, trimmed and chopped into 3-inch pieces
2 medium carrots, peeled

Steps:

  • 1. In a food processor or grinder, grind fish (refrigerate heads and bones for later use), 2 onions, 1 stalk celery, and half a carrot. (If you use a food processor, make sure you leave no large pieces of fish or bones; you may want to transfer the mixture, bit by bit, into a wooden bowl, and go over it vigorously with a hand chopper.)
  • 2. Place fish mixture in a large bowl, and add eggs, sugar, salt, pepper, and corn oil, mixing thoroughly with a wire whisk. Stir in matzo meal, and continue to mix until everything is thoroughly blended. Refrigerate for 1 hour or more (longer, even overnight, is better).
  • 3. Fill 2 large stockpots three-quarters full of water, and bring to a vigorous boil. In each, throw in half the fish heads and bones, 2 onions, half the celery, and a carrot. Divide batter into 12 patties of equal size. (Don't worry that your batter is a little loose; it has to be that way to keep your gefilte fish light.) Transfer each patty to a large cooking spoon, shape into an oval, and very gently lower it into the boiling water. Put 6 in each pot. Lower heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  • 4. Remove fish balls and carrots from pots, and refrigerate on a covered plate. Discard everything else. Serve chilled with red and/or white horseradish. Slice carrots for garnish.

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