Urgently needed experience- Fresh caught fish for homemade gefilte fish? Tuna, mahi others?
I have to make the gefilte fish for 25 at Passover. We live in South Florida and caught dolphin (mahi-mahi) and tuna fishing yesterday. These fish are much fresher than what will be in my market but worried about the texture. Maybe add some fresh water fish to the mix? I can easier buy snapper (or tilapia-yuch). Should I mix fish, anyone tried making gefilte fish with salt water fish?
I realized it was Saturday as soon as I pressed 'send', sorry. This is my first visit to the Kosher Board, found it from the gefilte fish link. I ended up buying the 'ground by the kosher fishmonger' whitefish (1lb) and pike (1/2 lb) and adding 1 lb of mahi we caught yesterday (ground in new food processor). I made stock of all the heads and bones of the fishes and the second batch is simmering now. Won't really know until after they chill overnight. They charged $26.95/lb for the ground whitefish/pike this year here in Miami Beach.
perhaps you could take a different approach.
cook the tuna and mahi as you normally would,
but make a "gefilte fish" garnish sauce out of;
cooked vidalia onions, sugar and carrots
in a starch or a gelatin suspension, chill
then serve them together with some
red beet horseradish on the table too.
this way you get the gefilte fish effect,
without using carp, pike or whitefish.
re: Joe Berger
Thanks everyone. I used the combination I mentioned above whitefish/pike/mahi-mahi and made Chef Allen Susser's recipe which added minced cilantro/parsley/ginger along with a bit of scotch bonnet pepper and the texture was fine, great 'gel' too. No one objected to a little more flavor, either.
A couple of months ago I made a Peruvian gefilte fish for Shabbat (aka. Ceviche :) ). Everybody loved it, but I was asked to let my wife do a traditional Gefilte Fish for the following week. I guess ceviche is a great choice for Wednesday night. My crowd wants to keep Shabbat a bit more traditional. The main course is where we go creative. Lol