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Inspired by several Passover customs, this composed first course stars egg-shaped dumplings made with three kinds of fish and matzo meal, in a chilled, herb-infused fish stock. Add a piquant pairing of vinegar-soaked beets and fresh horseradish and you've got a crowd-pleasing meal.



For the Fish Stock
For the Quenelles
For the Beets
For the Horseradish
For garnish


Instructions Checklist
  • Make the stock: Put fish bones, onions, carrots, celery, herbs, wine, and 10 cups cold water into a large stockpot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, skimming foam from surface, 40 minutes. Pour through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Let cool completely. Cover, and refrigerate until cold (up to 2 days).

  • Make the quenelles: Finely chop onion in a food processor. Add half the pike, whitefish, and carp; process until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl halfway through. Transfer to a large bowl. Puree remaining fish. Return first batch of fish to the processor, and pulse to combine.

  • With machine running, add eggs and egg whites; process until just combined. Transfer to bowl. Stir in matzo meal, salt, sugar, lemon juice, pepper, and nutmeg. Add ice water in a slow, steady stream, stirring until combined. Press through a large-mesh sieve into another bowl. Refrigerate 30 minutes (up to 1 day).

  • Bring stock to a gentle simmer in a large saucepan. Shape quenelles using two wet soup spoons: Use one spoon to scoop up a mounded spoonful of batter; slide second spoon on top of first, with spoons pointing in opposite directions. Spoon the batter back and forth a few times, scraping it into a small, neat egg shape. Drop quenelles into simmering stock as you form them, working in batches of 8. Cook until quenelles float and surface springs back when lightly pressed, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer quenelles to a large, shallow bowl as they are done. Strain stock over quenelles in bowl; cover, and refrigerate overnight.

  • Prepare the beets: Preheat oven to 350. Toss beets with oil and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Arrange beets on a rimmed baking sheet; cover with foil. Bake until beets are very tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes; peel. Cut into 1/4-inch dice, and transfer to a medium bowl. Add vinegar, and toss; season with salt. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to use (up to 2 days).

  • Make the horseradish: Stir together horseradish, vinegar, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Cover, and refrigerate up to 1 day.

  • Remove quenelles from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. To serve, spoon 3 quenelles and about 2 tablespoons stock into each bowl. Place 1 tablespoon beets and 1 tablespoon horseradish next to quenelles, and garnish with herbs. Place remaining horseradish in a small bowl, and serve on the side.


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