What’s Gefilte Fish?

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Gefilte fish is a traditional Jewish dish made from freshwater fish, boiled with vegetables, and formed into cakes or balls. It can be served hot or cold and is often accompanied by horseradish sauce. Recipes can be found in cookbooks or online, and frozen gefilte fish is available in some grocery stores.

As one of the most common examples of Jewish food, gefilte fish is a simple fish pie made from pieces of fish that meet the dietary standards of the Jewish faith. Gefilte fish can be used in a variety of recipes, giving you a ton of meal options. Here is some information about gefilte fish, how types of fish are selected for the product, and how gefilte fish can be used to create a tasty appetizer for almost any meal.

While many different types of fish are used in the making of gefilte fish today, the traditional approach involves using freshwater fish, especially members of the pike or carp family. The fish is cleaned and deboned, then chopped into small pieces. In order to create the more common fish balls or fish cakes using gefilte fish, minced or ground fish meat is boiled in a broth along with onions, carrots and celery.

Once the fish is fully cooked, it is removed from the broth and rolled into fish cakes or patties. Sometimes, some of the vegetables used to flavor the broth are also chopped and included in the gefilte fish mixture. The end result is a form of fish that is easily refrigerated and can be served hot or cold afterwards.

Perhaps the most common way of serving gefilte fish is to place the chilled cake or ball on a bed of greens, with a side of horseradish sauce. The fish can be eaten similar to any type of fish cake. An alternative is to fry gefilte fish, giving the outside a crunchy texture that many people find appealing.

Finding recipes that employ gefilte fish isn’t hard to do. Any cookbook featuring Jewish cuisine from different lands will surely have several excellent gefilte fish recipes included. Along with cookbooks, there are also numerous online recipe sites that offer many recipes for preparing basic fish and using fish as an ingredient in other recipes.

While it is possible for anyone to make gefilte fish at home with the correct fish meat and other ingredients, today there are a number of grocery stores that carry frozen gefilte fish that can be thawed and used in different recipes. Often, high-end grocery stores carrying international cuisine are a good place to look, although a number of major supermarkets will also carry gefilte fish.

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