VWAV - Spinach Potato Knishes
Although I hate making things that take a long time to prepare, I decided to suck it up and make knishes before the sack of potatoes I bought start sprouting. We decided to make all spinach and potato (the recipe makes three kinds: spinach, potato, and sweet potato). I used six large russet potatoes and one package of frozen, chopped spinach and had enough filling for all 15.
Making the dough was easy, and I only had to knead it for five minutes before getting a smooth dough. Unless you mash the potatoes REALLY well, you will have some lumps in the dough. No big deal. I shaped the dough into a log and covered it with plastic wrap while I made the filling. I cooked the spinach in some boiling water (forgot to thaw it the night before) and let it drain in a seive over the sink for an hour. Then I wrapped it in two layers of paper towel and squeezed the water out of it. It took me forever to mash all of the potatoes for the filling, and they were not perectly smooth by any means! I added the spinach to all of the potato mixture. I used a little bit of Salt-Free Spike for seasoning.
The dough rolled out really easy, just make sure to use lots of flour. Amazingly, I had EXACTLY enough for the filling! I brushe'd some melted Earth Balance on top and baked them for 40 minutes. They browned nicely on the bottom, but not much on top. My boyfriend suggested poking holes in the top of the pastry before baking, to let steam escape. Anyway, they are great warm or cold. I made a dip with equal parts maple syrup and prepared mustard (French's). Yum, yum! Next time I definitely will make the sweet potato.
If you want to make all three flavours, I would suggest using medium (not large) potatoes. Anyway, I recommend these. They would be great to take to a potluck, or for lunches.
These sound really good! I've never seen knishes before -- are they basically like a filled log?
I've gotta try these. VeggieV, I especially like your sauce idea: maple syrup and mustard. I'm getting hungry...