Greek Fish (Ryba po Grecku)
|as featured on The Guardian Readers' Recipe Swap: Winter Salads 10 October 2015 |
|Greek fish (Ryba po Grecku)|
Greek fish or Ryba po Grecku in Polish is a festive family favourite. I cannot remember a Christmas Eve (Wigilia) that this was not part of the traditional spread. A tradition I have carried on to this day. My gran never shared her recipe but this tastes pretty close to the original and the flavours I grew up with.
A handy make-ahead dish which is very useful at this busy time of year. But it's not just for Christmas! It's a really versatile light fish dish great served cold as a starter or lunch dish or served warm with a simple side dish of boiled or mashed potatoes. An interesting contrast to all the heavy meals during the festive season too. I also made a huge amount of this for my sister's wedding meal to add a little Polish flavour to her Polish-Cornish wedding day (the Cornish contingent provided the best Cornish pasties I had ever eaten).
Ryba po Grecku is such a simple combination of affordable, readily available ingredients but creates a dish much greater than the sum of its parts. For me it's a real taste of home and tradition that I will always return to. Do get in touch and share your family favourites and traditional recipes too.
Smacznego and Bon appetit!
serves: 4-6 as a starter or part of a buffet meal
preparation time: 10-15 minutes
cooking time: 20-30 minutes
500 - 750g white fish - skinned/boned fillets (I often use coley or sustainable haddock but any firm white fish would be good)
2 large mild onions - sliced into thin rings
4 large carrots - grated
5-6 bay leaves
1 tsp allspice berries
3 tbsp tomato puree
6 tbsp plain flour
4 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
I look forward to hearing about your favourite festive dishes too.
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