Gefilte Fish

Recipe courtesy Ruth Teig
Show: My Grandmother's Ravioli Episode: Ruth Teig -- Jewish Cuisine
TOTAL TIME: 38 hr 20 min
Prep: 1 hr
Inactive Prep: 36 hr 20 min
Cook: 1 hr
 
YIELD: 25 pieces
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

FISH STOCK:
  • Fish tails, fins, heads, bones, skin (from the pike and whitefish below)
  • 3 carrots, 2 chopped and 1 whole
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
    FISH MIXTURE:
    • 2 1/2 pounds pike, filleted and ground
    • 2 1/2 pounds whitefish, filleted and ground
    • 4 eggs
    • 3 carrots, chopped
    • 2 onions, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons cold water
    • 3 tablespoons matzah meal
    • 3 teaspoons salt
    • Freshly ground pepper
    • Sugar
    • Fresh Horseradish and Beet Relish, recipe follows
    FRESH HORSERADISH AND BEET RELISH:
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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    Directions

    For the fish stock: Place 1 gallon of cold water and the fish tails, fins, heads, bones and skin in a large, wide saucepan with a cover. Bring the water to a boil, and then lower it to medium-high heat. Remove the foam that accumulates.

    Add the carrots, onions and celery to the water, followed by the salt and sugar. Cover the saucepan and simmer the stock for about 20 minutes while preparing the fish mixture.

    For the fish mixture: Place the ground pike and whitefish together onto a large cutting board. Process the eggs, carrots and onions in a food processor until the mixture becomes finely whipped. Add this mixture a cup at a time to the ground fish by chopping it in with a cleaver until it is all incorporated together.

    Put the fish mixture in a large bowl, and then alternate adding some of the cold water and matzah meal until you achieve a light, soft texture. When you have incorporated about two-thirds of the water and matzah meal, add the salt, some pepper and some sugar.

    Wet your hands in cold water and form the fish mixture into oval shapes, about 3 inches long each. Turn down the fish stock to a low heat and remove the fish tails, fins, bones and skin. Gently place the fish ovals in the fish stock and cover loosely, simmering for about 1 hour. Remove the cover and taste the liquid while the fish is cooking and add pepper and sugar to taste.

    When the gefilte fish is cooked, take the saucepan off the heat and let the fish cool inside until the ovals are cool enough to remove by hand. Gently remove each oval from the water along with the whole carrot. Place the gefilte fish ovals on a plate and slice the cooked carrot into rounds 1/4-inch thick. Place a carrot round on top of each piece of gefilte fish and place in the refrigerator to cool overnight.

    Strain the fish stock and boil it until it has reduced by half. Chill the stock in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve. Serve the gefilte fish with some of the stock and Fresh Horseradish and Beet Relish on the side.

    In a large bowl, add the horseradish, beet, vinegar and sugar, and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours before serving. Yield: 3 cups.

    Notes

    A viewer or guest of the show, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.


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    • on February 06, 2013

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      Recipe is very good except for when it says "sugar". It's customary to give quantities. For Polish style fish, I'd say about 3 TB sugar in the ground fish and another 3TB in the broth. For Litvak (Lithuanian style fish, more black pepper and no sugar at all.

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    • on October 28, 2012

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      Love the personality of this wonderful cooking show.Mo Nd Ruth are a wonderful pair,using humor,respect and mental agility to keep the viewer engrossed.

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