Baked Gefilte Fish Casserole
Author: Celia Spivack
Recipe type: Appetizer, Side dish, entrée
Passover is coming up soon and for me, the traditional dishes for the holiday Seder always include some version of gefilte fish and freshly prepared horseradish with beets added to make it a vibrant fuchsia color. Over the years I have used gefilte fish from a jar or spent the time and money to make a wonderful non-traditional version with salmon, but regardless of the version we had, some of the friends and relatives did not enjoy the texture and wet coating that gefilte fish typically has. One year I discovered that I could make a gefilte fish casserole that seemed to address all of the reservations people had about gefilte fish. The recipe starts with store-bought gefilte fish that is mashed and mixed with finely chopped vegetables, eggs, and matzo meal to make a delicious, brown-crusted fish “cake” that not only tastes great, but is also more economical as the added ingredients stretch the expensive fish and tone down what some consider to be “fishy” flavor. As a bonus, you get a lot of nutritious vegetables too. You can use this as an appetizer, served cold or use larger portions as an entrée, served warm.
- • 4 pounds of prepared gefilte fish
- • 2 pounds onions
- • 1 pound carrots (Scrubbed, but not necessarily peeled. I use a clean Scotch-Brite green pad.)
- • 2-3 large ribs celery
- • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, lightly packed
- • 5 eggs
- • 1/4 cup olive oil
- • 1/2 cup matzo meal
- • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- • 2 teaspoons sugar
- Remove gefilte fish from the jar leaving the gel or broth behind. Mash the fish in a large bowl using a potato masher or your hands.
- Cut the vegetables into coarse chunks. In a food processor using the steel knife, pulse the onions, carrots, celery and parsley until they are finely chopped, but not pureed. If your food processor cannot hold all the vegetables at once, chop them in batches.
- Beat the eggs lightly with the oil. Add the chopped vegetables, eggs, oil, matzo meal, pepper, salt and sugar to the mashed fish. Blend well.
- Transfer the mixture to an oiled 9x13 inch pan and press lightly to even the surface.
- Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until lightly browned.