Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Waterzoei

    INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds fish
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves
  • white pepper
  • salt
  • wine and water
  • 1 lemon
  • sprig of parsley
  • thyme
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Netherlands

Also Called: Fish Soup; Waterzootje

In the Netherlands is eaten the Worstebrod that looks like a plain loaf of bread, but the inside is filled with sausage meat, the last eaten before Lent. In Belgium Waterzoei, essentially a Flemish dish, is popular on this day as well as throughout Lent. The recipe is flexible and can be adapted to one's personal taste.

DIRECTIONS

The fish used in Waterzoei (it is called Waterzootje in Dutch) is traditionally carp, eel, tench, roach, perch, or barbel but any combination may be used. Cut off the heads and tails of your fish and fry them lightly in butter, adding the minced carrot and onion, the herbs and the spices. Add 1/3 water and 2/3 dry white wine to generously cover. Let this bouillon simmer for half an hour, then add your fish, cut in 2-inch lengths, and cook quickly for another twenty minutes or until the fish is done. Just before serving add a peeled lemon, cut into thin slices and with the seeds removed. The soup is served with thin slices of brown bread spread with butter. Our informant adds, "For some tastes, the heads and tails should be removed before serving the dish" — with which we would agree heartily.

Recipe Source: Feast Day Cookbook by Katherine Burton and Helmut Ripperger, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1951
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days