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    Stanley 360
    Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:25 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Can someone supply me with a recipe for potato kanish.

    I hav'ent live back East, in over thirty years, and I miss the kanishes I use to buy, from the Deli's in New York, New Jersey, and Brooklyn.

    I remember as a young boy, I use to stand outside the window of this Deli, in Brooklyn, and watch as the owners son made kanishes, and of the street vendors that sold them on the corners, from their carts.

    I've attempted to make them over the years since then, but could never get them right.

    Thank you!
    Holly Mercer
    Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:32 am Groupie
    New York City Knish recipe #34043 AKA a copycat of the one from Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery.
    Stanley 360
    Fri Feb 17, 2006 12:52 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you, Holly
    I will try this recipe, for knishes wrapped in phyllo dough, and baked.

    But I seem to remember the balls of potato mixture, being dipped in egg, and rolled in flour and repeated a number of times and then being placed in a deep fryer, until golden brown. Of which, I've tried and not obtained the results I wanted and remember. But then I was only 10 years old, and that was a long time ago. "Oy Vay"! It's back to the kitchen again!
    Again thanks!

    Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:44 am
    Forum Host
    fat grandma's potato knishes is another recipe.
    i don't think shimmel's used filo dough then or now-
    Holly Mercer
    Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:13 pm Groupie
    chia wrote:
    i don't think shimmel's used filo dough then or now-

    To be honest, I've never eaten a Schimmel's -- the knishes I used to get from my local grocer (which stopped carrying them) weren't covered in phyllo or breadcrumbs, but a thin and slightly chewy dough which is hard to describe. Still, the TSR "copycat," accurate or not, seems popular.
    Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:26 am Groupie
    Just to throw my hat into the ring.

    Knishes are not sold or commonly known as Jewish delicacies in the UK. I have tried them in the USA but found the taste rather bland and texture stodgy.

    Am I missing something here?
    Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:51 am
    Forum Host
    You need to smother the knishes with lots of hot, brown mustard.
    Sun Feb 19, 2006 9:09 am
    Forum Host
    and lots of kosher salt.
    Sun Feb 19, 2006 1:45 pm Groupie
    Sounds wonderfully unhealthy! I must try it next time I am in the States. Thanks for the extra information.
    Mon Feb 20, 2006 2:26 am
    Forum Host
    They are wonderful, Janette, yummy Jewish comfort food. We used to go up to bungalow colonies every summer and this guy would come around in a van selling them. He was Ruby the Knish Man, a local legend.

    Knishes should look like this:

    Mon Feb 20, 2006 2:36 am Groupie
    Thanks for the pictures Mirj. The one I ate looked a bit like the picture on the top. It was heated up in the microwave and as my youngest son used to say "it didn't taste". I will try again especially for you and Chia!

    By the way, what is a "bungalow colony"?
    Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:44 am
    Forum Host
    A bungalow colony is a "resort" of bungalows for hire up in the mountains. Back in the 50s, 60s and 70s it was very popular, especially with Jewish communities, to quit the city for the entire summer. Moms and kids would live up there for the season, dads would come up every Friday evening, leaving on Monday to go back to the city for the week so they could work.

    Those of us that used to go to one specific place every summer back in the 60s and 70s now get together on the bungalow colony website that we set up in memory of our childhood summers. You can get a better explanation from the homepage:

    And like I said, every day we had Ruby the Knish Man come around.
    Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:45 am
    Forum Host
    Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:59 am Groupie
    I thought you probably meant the Catskills when you talked about the bungalows - I've read about them in books and a few films have had them as background to the story.

    As to Ruby the Knish man - what a character! It really shows the beauty of the internet that so many people from all over can come together and share their experiences of one man!

    I really enjoyed reading all about him.
    Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:07 am
    Forum Host
    Yes, I should have mentioned the Catskills.

    Have you ever seen the movie A Walk on the Moon? That would be my summers as a kid.
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