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Gefilte Fish

tuxedo Apr 5, 2007 11:31 AM


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  1. pescatarian RE: tuxedo Apr 5, 2007 11:39 AM

    They are fish balls or loaves made of ground white fish (traditionally, carp, pike, etc.), mixed with eggs, onions and matzoh meal and then boiled in a fish broth (with fish bones and heads, etc.). They are traditionally made sweet or salt and pepper, largely depending on how your mother/grandmother made them. They are served with horseradish and sometimes carrots that have been cooked in the same broth.
    Apparently, it was traditional served stuffed back into the deboned fish skin, which is where the name, gefilte, or stuffed, comes from.

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    1. re: pescatarian
      MMRuth RE: pescatarian Apr 5, 2007 11:40 AM

      Are they ever served anymore other than on Passover?

      1. re: MMRuth
        smartie RE: MMRuth Apr 5, 2007 11:42 AM

        they can be served any time any place and any meal. it all depends on whether you like gefilte fish or not.

        In England gefilte fish is usually fried though can be bought boiled and in jars or made boiled. Many Brits prefer to fry theirs and the delis sell them fried.

        1. re: smartie
          pescatarian RE: smartie Apr 5, 2007 11:44 AM

          Interesting. I've never seen or heard of fried gefilte fish.

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            chicgail RE: smartie Apr 5, 2007 12:12 PM

            Really interesting concept. My family just might eat that.

            How/when are they fried -- before or after they are boiled?

          2. re: MMRuth
            pescatarian RE: MMRuth Apr 5, 2007 11:43 AM

            They are mostly served at Passover, however, they can be eaten/purchased year round. You can buy them in jars, and they are packed in a jelly-like liquid to preserve them. Some of the jarred versions are better than others, but not as good as homemade.

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