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Apr 5, 2007 11:31 AM

Gefilte Fish


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  1. 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.

    5 Replies
    1. re: pescatarian

      Are they ever served anymore other than on Passover?

      1. re: MMRuth

        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

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

          1. re: smartie

            Really interesting concept. My family just might eat that.

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

          2. re: MMRuth

            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.