Fischfrikadellen mit Grüner Sauce
The Friday before Easter is known as Karfreitag (Good Friday in the US) or "Sorrowful Friday" and traditionally people eat fish for dinner with their family.
- 2 potatoes peeled
- 1 onion halved
- 9 ounces white fish fillets skinned
- 5 ounces smoked fish fillets skinned
- 1 little flour for dusting
- some canola oil for shallow frying
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper
For the sauce:
- 2 ounces fresh green herbs such as parsley chives, chervil, dill, marjoram, sorrel, coriander, basil, tarragon, borage, lovage or baby spinach
- 3 tablespoons quark or sour cream
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons sweet German mustard
- 2 hard boiled eggs chopped roughly
Coarsely grate the potatoes and squeeze our excess water. Coarsely grate the onion; mix half into the potato and reserve half for the sauce.
Check both fish for fine bones then chop roughly and place in a food processor with some freshly ground black pepper. Blend to a smooth paste then scoop out and mix with the grated potato and onion. Add a little salt if liked -- you can check the seasonings by frying a small amount first. Shape into 8 round cakes.
Make the sauce. Wash out the food processor and blend your chosen mixture of herbs, until finely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients including the reserved onion, chopped eggs and seasoning to taste.
Blend to a slightly chunky puree -- not velvety smooth, it should have a little texture. Check the seasoning and spoon into a bowl.
Dust the fish cakes lightly with flour. Heat some oil to a depth of 1/2 inch and fry the fish cakes in batches for about 3 minutes each on a medium heat. Drain on paper towels and reheat the oil between the batches. Serve the fish cakes with the sauce and a fresh tomato salad.