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Thursday, January 22, 2009

KNISH

There you were, innocent man, wandering down the street, when you smelled it. Hot fat! And a faint touch of....
Oy!
An echte yetser you have? Good! Let us deal with that.


Azoy:


THE KNISH

Dough:

Two cups plain flour.
Quarter cup water.
Two to four Tbs cooking oil or schmaltz.
Two eggs.
A pinch of salt.

In a steel bowl klop and klots di eyer with the oil and the water. Mix in the flour, adding more as needed and knead till you have a smooth dough, just barely tacky. Do not overwork the dough! You don’t want a tough crust.
Ball it, cover, and let it rest for about half an hour.

Filling:
One cup coarse mashed potatoes.
One onion, chopped.
One Tablespoon cooking oil.
Plenty of salt and pepper.
Chopped parsley.

In a frypan sauté the onion golden.
Mix the potato-mash, gilded onion, parsley, salt and pepper together. Adjust taste. A pinch nutmeg is good to add, but isn’t customary.

On a greased or floured surface roll out dough to a rectangle about ten by twenty inches, cut in half lengthwise, then cut each length of dough across into four.

Place a portion of the filling on each square, flatten it, and fold each square of dough over, taking the corners and pulling them over the filling to join in the center. A bit of whapping and tweaking to get nice square shapes is all it takes, if there’s a little dough flapping extra per knish, trim it with a paring knife. Or simply do as if making apple turnovers – who says you have to be perfect? Brush a little butter on top.
Bake thirty to forty minutes in the oven at 375 degrees (preheated) till nice.


[NOTE: 01/26/2009 - 'Rabid Political Feline' (a pseudonym!) followed the recipe over the weekend. And reports that the crust, well, meh. Alas. Meh. Filling nice, but crust.... meh. Well, I usually add more grease to the dough, reversing the proportions of water and grease (olive oil, animal fat, and butter mixed). But then, I LIKE IT GREASY (and I do not keep kosher). The effect, especially if using butter instead, is rather like a southern pie crust. Which, of course, is heretical. At the very least im gontzem apikorsish to da max. It is also a good idea to finish them by frying. Did I mention that I like greasy? It's probably heresy to mention that I eat mine with a dollop of chili-paste on the side........ ]


But, you could just go to Yonah Schimmel’s…..

That too is emmes a tayneg.

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7 Comments:

  • At 10:08 AM, Blogger Dusty said…

    Gilded onion.
    Lovely image.
    I am going to make these tonight for Shabbat dinner.
    Now, if only I could come up with a main course.
    Hmmm.
    Got any good recipes for zebra?

     
  • At 11:46 PM, Blogger Spiros said…

    I like saying "knish". The sound somehow evokes "a wailing and a gnashing of teeth". Teeth will be provided for denture wearers, of course.
    We are the Knights Who Say...Knish.

     
  • At 10:03 AM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    Knish! Ober az nisht tove u' geshmek, efsher gekvetsh un' geshrei.

     
  • At 10:04 AM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    Mir seinen knichten ver knish sogn?

     
  • At 10:09 AM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    And, clearly by a process of linguistic 'devolution', the breathy part at the end got lost. Likewise the ancient anglo-saxon glottal at the beginning.

    Knish > Knith > Knih > Kni > Ni.

    Ve ar ze nits vot zeg NI.

    But we still maintain the ancient pronunciation when we speak of our knish and kin.

     
  • At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Essentially a vegetarian murtabak. Try adding roast cumin seed and a little fenugreek.


    And ghee. Plenty of. That's it.



    ---Grant Patel

     
  • At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "rabid political feline" ??????
    I am deeply offended, mortally wounded , my kind sir.

    Why, I've had ALL my shots!


    Political Feline (rabies/distemper-free)

     

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