Philacatessen | Plating Instagram-Worthy Gefilte Fish

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As we saw in last week’s Jewish Exponent food column, Boni Wolf is a balabusta of the first order. She is also creative and is intrigued by food art.

Wolf enjoys setting a beautiful table: “I play house at my dad’s. He lives in a big beautiful home in the suburbs; I live in a city apartment. So when we do holidays, I got there and I cook and set the table with all the special china and make the table and the food look really festive and pretty. I love it.”

During this High Holiday season, Wolf was stumped by the gefilte fish.


“I’ve been eating it on holidays for my whole life, but I could never find a way to make it pretty. Let’s be honest, It’s not that aesthetically pleasing. It’s always served on individual plates with a lettuce leaf and maybe a few slices of carrot. Sure, it’s better than just the blob on a naked plate, but I wanted to make it look really tempting and attractive.

“I started playing around with ideas, and then I hit upon the flower. It’s seriously like the daisies you used to draw as a little kid with the petals all around and the dot in the middle — it was adorable.”

It ended up being the star of the show, and that’s an unexpected place for gefilte fish.

The picture gives a pretty clear indication of how to assemble this unique presentation, and it can be up- or downsized according to your crowd, but here’s the recipe.

Gefilte fish flower
Gefilte fish flower Photo by Boni Wolf)

Gefilte Fish Flower

Serves 10

  • 10 portions gefilte fish
  • 1 or 2 romaine hearts (the interior part of romaine lettuce)
  • 1-2 carrots, sliced
  • Several sprigs fresh parsley

On a serving platter, place similarly-sized lettuce leaves in a circle, overlapping them a bit.

Place the gefilte fish on the leaves in a circle.

Place the carrots in a heap in the center.

Garnish with parsley.

Prepare to wow your guests.

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