Gefilte fish is a prized delicacy for Jewish people who come from Eastern Europe, where using every part of the fish was necessary for life when one had very little to eat. The term gelfilte (guh-FILL-teh) is Yiddish for “stuffed fish.” It bears a resemblance to fish pâté that is eaten cold. Jewish people love eating this on Shabbat dinners and festival meals.
Since gefilte fish is an acquired taste, we recommend that you buy a jar of gefilte fish in the Jewish section of the supermarket to try it first. It is traditionally served with horseradish. However, for those of you who are more adventurous, you may try to make your own. This recipe comes from a friend’s mom who, legend has it, made gefilte fish that was out of this world!