Gefilte fish for the Passover / Pesach festival comes in a wide variety of recipes. What does "gefilte" mean? "Gefilte" means "stuffed" in German, and so gefilte fish literally means "stuffed fish", meaning the fish is minced and "stuffed" with additional seasoning ingredients and then usually simmered in a fish stock or baked in a tomato sauce. The fish used in a traditional recipe for gefilte fish is usually whitefish or pike, but hey, I've tasted salmon gefilte fish, and I sure liked it!
Traditional gefilte fish is a popular food among Ashkenazic Jews, that is, Jews whose ancestors came from either Central or Eastern Europe. I've organized the following gefilte fish recipe for the Passover / Pesach festival in short steps to make it as easy as possible to create. Enjoy, and don't get too stuffed up!
1 Spanish onion, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup Passover vegetable oil
2 carrots, peeled and quartered
2 lb. (1 kilogram) ground fish (whitefish, pike and pickerel or your favorite mixture)
3/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons matzo meal
Instructions for the Baked Gefilte Fish recipe:
Note: This fish is very good served with beet horseradish for lunch. For best flavor when not freezing, make it one or two days ahead.