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The Hirshon Jewish Potato Knish – קניש

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  • Pastry shell:
  • 2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon corn oil
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • Potato filling:
  • 2 cups mashed, boiled potatoes
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons schmaltz (rendered chicken fat)
  • salt, black pepper
  • ground cumin and asafoetida (just a little) to taste (both totally optional)
  • ***
  • Egg wash:
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water


  1. Mix flour, salt and baking powder together. Make a well in the center and add water. oil and beaten eggs. Mix until smooth and then knead (that is K-nead, which you must do to make a K-nish) for 6 – 8 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel and let rest for 1 hour.
  2. For the filling, melt the schmaltz and saute onions until golden brown. Mix with potatoes, salt and pepper (and ground cumin and asafoetida, if using).
  3. On a flour-dusted pastry board, roll half of the dough out to a 1/8″ thickness. Using a small glass or cookie cutter with a 3″ diameter, cut the dough into rounds. Place 2 tablespoons of filling – no more, no less – in the center of each round. Fold over and pinch the ends of each round together to form a knish. Secure the seal by pressing the pinched dough with the tines of a fork all along the edge of the seal. Place on a well-greased baking sheet.
  4. Repeat this procedure until all the dough is used up (reroll scraps). There may be extra filling – save for another use, but do NOT increase the amount of filling in each knish!
  5. Preheat the oven to 350. Brush each knish with the egg wash and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Recipe makes 18-20 knishes, serve warm or at room temperature.
  6. There is only one proper condiment to serve with a Knish – MUSTARD. If you have a sweet craving, try applesauce.
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  • Category: Recipes


  • Calories: 466.42 kcal
  • Sugar: 3.18 g
  • Sodium: 555.58 mg
  • Fat: 16.65 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.43 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01 g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.49 g
  • Fiber: 4.27 g
  • Protein: 11.81 g
  • Cholesterol: 124.67 mg

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