Hankering for comfort food? Consider the knish

  • Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine: a baked, though sometimes fried, light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables, often potatoes like these, or meat.

    Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine: a baked, though sometimes fried, light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables, often potatoes like these, or meat. Associated Press

  • Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine: a baked, though sometimes fried, light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables, often potatoes like these, or meat.

    Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine: a baked, though sometimes fried, light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables, often potatoes like these, or meat. Associated Press

 
By Alison Ladman
Associated Press
Updated 12/15/2014 2:23 PM

If you're looking for some cold weather comfort food, you might want to consider the knish.

Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine -- a baked (though sometimes fried) light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables (often potatoes) or meat. They started as peasant food, later became a 19th century street cart convenience food, and now are a staple of Jewish delis.

 

They can be hard to find if you don't live in a larger city. But whether or not you're Jewish, consider making some this winter. They are warm and filling and truly satisfying in that way that only carb-heavy food can be.

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