Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mock Gefilte Fish #SundaySupper

This week's #SundaySupper event is one that I'm thrilled about!  We are featuring Easter and Passover recipes.  Of course, I'm doing a Passover (Pesach) one.  At each Seder that I've hosted, we always serve the traditional Gefilte Fish.  I've never made it homemade (culinary bucket list perhaps?)  so we've always eaten that jelly-esque junk from a jar.  Well-- my guests have eaten it.  I don't touch the stuff. 

However, what I do eat is a Mock Gefilte Fish.  To be honest, there's no fish taste in it at all. Frankly, the only thing it has in common with gefilte is the shape and the fact that you can drown it in horseradish.   I love it, and my guests have loved it, too! 

Since Passover doesn't start until later this week, I'm hoarding my precious "Kosher for Passover" supplies.  Also, it's really hard to find non-kosher for Passover Matzah Meal in my neck of the woods.  Instead of cooking this recipe today just for photos and then re-cooking it in a few days to actually serve and eat, I decided to use an old file photo from 2009.  I should have known that someday I would start a food blog because even back then I was obsessively taking photos of food.  I love Passover so much that I have so many photos from our meals.

File Photo from 2009 Passover.  This was my first attempt at Mock Gefilte Fish, and they went over very well! 

  • 3 large potatoes        
  • 2 medium onions, diced          
  • 1 large eggplant                  
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • paprika, to taste
  • matzah meal, as needed
  • vegetable oil for frying and roasting

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Prepare the potatoes by peeling and boiling them.  While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the eggplant by slicing it in half lengthwise, pricking the skin with a fork, lightly coating it in oil, and placing it on a baking sheet (flesh side down) and roasting for approximately 30 minutes or until the flesh is soft.  Once the eggplant has cooled enough to touch, scoop the flesh out of the skins, and set aside in a bowl.  Turn the oven down to 350 degrees.
Next, fry the onion in oil until they have turned golden.  Set aside.  Additionally, when the potatoes are soft, drain the water and set those aside as well.
Once the potatoes, eggplant and onions are cooked, in a large bowl, mash the potatoes, onion, and eggplant until fully combined.  Add the garlic, parsley, and season with salt, pepper, and paprika.  Add matzah meal to the mixture so that the consistency is firm enough to shape.  Be careful not to add so much matzah that it's hard.
Now, wet your hands and shape the mixture into patties.  Place the formed patties on an oiled baking sheet and brush a bit of oil on top of each patty.  Bake for 30 minutes or until they are golden brown.  May be served warm or cold. 


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  1. I've never had gefilte fish but it sounds like it's something I'm not missing. Your mock ones though do sound interesting. Nice ingredients and anything with horseradish sauce is great with me.

  2. AHHHH I NEED to make this!!! Ok I this week!!! You are so creative!!

  3. I've never heard of gefilte fish, but it sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  4. First I thought it was a German dish because of the title but then I realized that it can only be a traditional Jewish dish as you mentioned above. ^.^ Sorry if that is a stupid question, but what is matzal?

  5. Now this is a gefilte fish that I'll actually eat!

  6. I've had gefilte fish and well, I think I like your version better already, Melanie!

  7. I do believe we were dining with you that year! These were so amazing and I tried to eat most of them myself. =) Can't wait to try this recipe, thank you for sharing it.

  8. I have never had gefilte fish, but I like the flavors you use for your mock one. Yum!

  9. That's so clever! I love the eggplant in this

  10. Thank you for introducing me to a new recipe. This sounds like something I would really like.

  11. Very creative recipe and fun post! Really like your pictures too... thanks for sharing! ;-)

  12. Mock gefille fish sounds like a version of gefillte fish I would like a lot :) I am with Jen on this one :) ~ Bea

  13. Your non-fish version sounds better than the real McCoy! Wishing you a Happy Passover!

  14. I've seen gefilte fish before, but never tried it! I have to say, your mock version does sound like something I'd be more likely to try though!

  15. As some people above, I only heard of it but never tried. Would be very curious to try.