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Friday, May 11, 2012

NYC Street Foods: Knishes

I grew up with street food. Vendors were, and I suppose still are, on most busy corners. The variety is amazing. Every ethnicity of the city gets represented, which changes over time as the immigration waves change. Back in my day, the staples of street food were pretzels, hot dogs, chestnuts (in winter) and knishes. Pronounce the "K". :)
Knishes are technically somewhat junk food. They're fried. Mashed potatoes and onion in a shell. But they're so good, so economical, and they'll carry you through hours of whatever it is you have to do. A perfect street food, and a perfect handwarmer in winter, but yummy anytime.
1/2 package defrosted egg roll wrappers (a 1# pkg is usually 20 wrappers- you'll need 10)
In a large bowl, mash and then whip smooth, or blend in a processor;
1 large onion, minced and browned in skillet
2+ lbs potatoes, peeled, well boiled and drained very dry- 
to make 4 cups mashed potatoes (one may use 4 c. instant mash if wished)
1/2 stick butter, soft
1/2 c. 1/2 & 1/2
salt & blk pepper to taste
Cool to room temperature.
In a cup:
1 egg, whisked with a little water
Lay a wrapper in front of you, points out as in a diamond. 
Spoon a bit of the mash into the middle (not too much) and turn the points in over the mix to make an envelope over the potatoes. Brush the top and seams well with the egg wash to seal. Repeat until all wrappers are done. Refrigerate to dry (about 20 minutes).
In a deep fry pan, heat 1/2 inch of oil to sizzle but not smoking. Fry knishes on both sides til crispy. Dry on towel, serve while hot. Split and dress with horseradish, mustard, onions, sauerkraut, etc. or simply eat whole.
Serves 5-10 people, depending on their appetites.


Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Sounds good, but oh no, no, no, please don't use instant mashed potatoes in these. That'd be sheer blasphemy.

Not sure if you changed something, (my powers of observation totally suck) but it seems to be more difficult to make out your text against the background. Hey, yeah! You DID ... you changed from the yellow lettering to black! The larger font on this post is kinda nice, but even with that, I find the yellow lettering easier on the eyes. (Then again, it's entirely possible that I've simply spent too darned many hours staring at this monitor.)

Happy Mother's Day.

Austan said...

Susan- It would be, but people do it.

The color of type change is weird, but must come from copying the recipe from my files to the blog. It changed the intro's color too. I wonder why, and will try it again with another recipe and see if it happens. I really oughta compile these and make it a cookbook.

Happy Mother's Day, you good Scot woman.

The Elephant's Child said...

Happy Mother's Day. I have read of knishes but never knew what was in them. Thanks.
And I agree with Susan, instant mash is a crime.

Austan said...

Happy Mother's Day, EC. Yeah, instant mash is one of those things that should exist only for emergencies. I have, however, seen restaurants, "good" restaurants, use them!