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Nibbles, Noshes, & Nachas

07/30/2020 09:59:46 AM


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Nibbles, Noshes & Nachas

Nachas-A Yiddish word meaning that you are happy and proud, especially of the accomplishments of your children

If you grew up in New York, a knish was standard fare. If you have never had one, it is time. If you love them, here's a recipe for enjoying this classic treat.




For the dough:

  • 1/2 cup cold seltzer orwater
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3Tbsp olive oil (can also use vegetable oil)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

For the filling:

  • 1 Idaho potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil or schmaltz

1 egg, beaten for glazing


To make the dough: combine cold seltzer, apple cider vinegar and salt in a small bowl.

Place flour in a food processor and add water. While pulsing, drizzle olive oil until mixture starts to come together.

Remove mixture from food processor and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead using the palm of your hands until dough becomes smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes.

Wrap in plastic and let rest in the fridge for 1 hour.

To make the filling: peel and cut 1 Idaho potato into large chunks around the same size. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook potatoes for 7-10 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and allow to cool slightly.

When potatoes have cooled a few minutes, mash.

Finely chop one small onion. Heat a few Tbsp olive oil or schmaltz in a pan. Saute onions until translucent, about 5-8 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

Combine onions and mashed potatoes and 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add pinch more salt if desired (remember – potatoes need a lot of seasoning).

To assemble: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

After dough has rested, roll out dough very thin (as thin as you can get) on a lightly floured surface. This is definitely the trickiest part as the dough wants to bounce back so keep at it. Using a large cookie cutter or cake round (4-7 inches ideal) cut out rounds. Depending on the size, fill generously with potato-onion mixture.

Fold up sides on top of dough and pinch tightly. Beat 1 egg and brush all over each knish.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just golden.

Serve with mustard or other favorite dipping sauce.

Yields 6-8 knishes. Recipe can easily be doubled.


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Check out the video to see how to make these treats


Potato Knish

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Fri, October 23 2020 5 Cheshvan 5781