Traditional Jewish Recipes

Easy Knishes - Traditional Jewish Recipes

Savory Easy Knishes



Preparing tradidtional Jewish recipes is easier than you think. Some Jewish recipes are passed down for genereations, and others are gathered from various resources. Even if your family doesn'st collect recipes, you can find some that will surely become favorite additions to your recipe box.

From simple matzoh ball soups, to more elaborate dishes, traditional Jewish recipes are sure to please. And a wonderful feature of traditional Jewish foods is that they are very versatile. For example, blintzes can be savory or sweet, depending on the choices of fillings and toppings. They make great entree meals, as well as side dishes and desserts. Filled with mashed potato and onion, blintzes make a hearty and filling dinner.e Filled with cheese and topped with fresh fruit, they're a fitting finish to a delicious Jewish meal.

Another reason to enjoy traditional Jewish cooking is because it's easy to take "short cuts" when preparing the dishes. Many cooks pride themselves on making everything from scratch, but not everyone has tome to prepare a full Jewish meal. As a result, it's become more popular, and sometimes necessary, to find ways to make the cooking process less time-consuming. Instead of dreading the arduous task of making your own dough for traditional knishes, you can use refrigerated dough. Packed with tasty fillings, knishes are easy to make, and no one will guess you didn't roll the dough yourself. Similarly, when making matzoh ball soup, canned broth can be substituted for homemade broth in a pinch. Adding your own fresh ingredients makes a delicious "homemade' soup. (You can always hide ethe store-bought evidence!)

Traditional Jewish cooking is rich in history. It's influenced by the flavors of Eastern Europe, Germany and the Middle east. You can find recipes to please a simple palate, as well as those seeking more complex flavors.

Whether you're cooking for the holidays, or for a small family meal, simple traditional Jewish recipes will ensure that you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time making family memories.

Easy Knishes


1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup prepared instant or homemade mashed potatoes
1 can (8 rolls) refrigerated crescent rolls


  • In a large skillet, heat oil. add onion; cook, stirring, until onion is golden brown. In a medium mixing bowl, combine onion and mashed potatoes; mix well.
  • Remove crescent rolls from package and separate dough along perforations.
  • Spread out each triangle of dough; place a heaping tablespoon of onion-potato mixture on each triangle.
  • Starting with the wide edge, roll dough around potato mixture to form a crescent shape. Seal edges.
  • Put rolls on ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden.
  • Makes 8.

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Another reason to enjoy traditional Jewish recipes is because
it's easy to take "short cuts" when preparing the dishes.