Sarah's Knish

    3 hours

    Traditional Jewish treat of little golden pastry domes filled with seasoned mashed potatoes and fried onions.

    21 people made this

    Makes: 60 

    • Filling
    • 7 baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 60 ml vegetable oil
    • 2 onions, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 teaspoons white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • Dough
    • 2 eggs
    • 120 ml vegetable oil
    • 235 ml warm water
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 500 g all-purpose flour
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 2 tablespoons milk

    Prep:2hr  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:3hr 

    1. For the filling: Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.
    2. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Combine potatoes and onions in a large bowl; season with salt, pepper, sugar, and garlic. Mash until smooth; set aside.
    3. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    4. For the dough: Beat eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, warm water, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Gradually stir in flour. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Divide the dough into thirds and roll each piece out to about 9x13-inches. Slice the rolled dough in half lengthwise, then spread the potato mixture down the center of each strip. Roll each strip around the filling and gently press to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling to end with six logs.
    5. Cut each log into 1-inch slices and place cut side down on the prepared baking sheet. Gently press the edges of the dough toward the center of the potato mixture to form a bun. Beat egg yolks and milk together in a small bowl. Brush each knish with the the egg yolk mixture.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes.

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    So far my son and I have eaten the knish. We liked it. I have not had these since I was a child.  -  10 Aug 2014


    This is my recipe. I just wanted to let people know that the dough in this recipe is not of the flaky pastry variety. This is more of a very thin strudel-like casing. If you are looking for the flaky pastry type dough, you could roll out a thawed puff pastry sheet and use that. Oh, and you really don't need 1/4 cup of vegetable oil for the onions...I think that's a typo. Just use enough oil to saute them.  -  11 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent. To see photos of these being prepared, visit my facebook page (look up Izenberg's Catering - in Conshohocken, PA). When there, click on photos and look for them.  -  21 Jul 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)