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Most of the tweet ups I attend are at restaurants, however this week I am hosting a Shabbat Tweet up in my apartment.  What does this mean? This means that all the guests are on twitter and they are all “foodies” in a big way plus 99% of the guests are Jewish.

The food served at this tweet up will be traditional Friday nite food except for the fact that my kitchen is vegetarian. (small detail). This means no one will be enjoying chicken soup, chopper liver or brisket.

I decided that the meal definitely required a potato knish. They are easy to make and everyone loves them.

What is a knish? Its basically puffed pastry with potato filling. I cheat and use a mix. Once we did a taste test between fresh mashed potatoes and the mix and no one could tell the difference. Therefore, I use the mix out of pure convenience.

My mom makes them to perfection. Little tiny bundles. Mine aren’t as  pretty and I hope she isn’t reading this, shaking her head and muttering “why didn’t she watch me in the kitchen?”.



1 package of puffed pastry

Mashed potatoes…(I made 2 servings according to the instructions on the side of the box)


1. Make the mashed potatoes according to the directions on the box. SEASON generously with salt and pepper

2. Roll out the dough and then cut into squares. Forgive me – but I don’t measure how big these squares should be. Fill with a tablespoon of mashed potatoes.

3. Shape into ????. I wish I could describe how to do this step but I can’t. It would have been brilliant of me to prepare a video of this step. One day – I promise!!

4. The goal is to make them into little bundles.

4. Egg wash each knish so they get a nice shine to them.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. The final product should look like the first photo at the top left of the page.

Try eating knishes with sour cream.  I also love the fact that they freeze BEAUTIFULLY.

Can’t wait to serve them tomorrow at the Shabbat Tweet up.

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7 Responses to “Potato Knishes: A Quick and Easy Side Dish”

  1. robyn
    January 19th, 2012 at 16:26 | #1

    What is in the boxed mash potatoes? I will read tthe box and try it. Intriguing. Thanks.

  2. lila
    January 19th, 2012 at 17:44 | #2

    what else is on the menu? I’m always looking for inspiration!

  3. January 19th, 2012 at 20:16 | #3

    I just bought puff pastry today and have some leftover. Perfect!

  4. January 19th, 2012 at 20:36 | #4

    Looking forward to it.

  5. admin
    January 22nd, 2012 at 16:58 | #5

    thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. Hope you got a chance to make some knishes with your leftover puff pastry.

  6. admin
    January 22nd, 2012 at 16:59 | #6

    shaved brussel sprout/walnut salad, a chickpea dish and salmon. Promise to blog about those recipes soon K?

  7. admin
    January 22nd, 2012 at 17:00 | #7

    thanks Robyn for inspiring me to look at the ingredients. Think I might be making fresh mashed potatoes in the future.

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