karnatzelWarm potato, flavored to perfection, wrapped up in baked doughy goodness. If you aren’t sure what’s being described here, you’ve been missing out.

Knishes, one of the most deeply satisfying and popularly craved Yiddish snacks known to man. For here or to go, whichever you choose, the knish and you will be love at first bite.

How to Eat a Knish

The great thing about knishes is they aren’t limiting in the slightest. While you can easily combine them with a bit of brown mustard, horseradish or sour cream and call it a snack, they can also play the role of appetizer and side dish in a meal. They are especially good when combined with wholesome, feel-good foods like soups, salads, meatloaf, and sandwiches.

There are many types of knishes, from baked or fried to the filling type. All of which are a delight to the taste buds. So rest assured that whichever you choose will be as delicious as the next.

What’s in a Knish?

Typically knishes made at Kettleman’s Bagel Co., are filled with potato or spinach. Other fillings can be used as well, such as pizza sauce and cheese, onions, vegetables, and kasha. Because knishes are Jewish food, they are seldom, if ever, found with non-kosher meat or pork.

The dough itself varies as well, depending on the wants of the individual eating it. Yeast based dough creates a dumpling like dough, which becomes flaky after baking. If baking soda is used as a riser agent instead of yeast, the result will be more like biscuit dough.

After the dough and the filling are ready, they are brushed with egg and either baked or fried. Kettleman’s offers only baked, and for a few reasons. Baked knishes are not only lighter on the stomach, but also on the calories, making them the better choice for those watching their waistline. In addition, fried knish is best eaten hot, while baked knishes can be eat hot or cold. They can also easily be reheated in an oven if you decide to snack on them later.

Who Came up With This Awesome Treat?

The Yiddish word knish actually comes from the Russian ‘knysh,’ which translates to cake or dumpling. The treat itself first set foot in North America during the 1900s, when it was brought over by Eastern European immigrants. It wasn’t long before this delectable dumpling made an impact all across the continent. What was first popular only among immigrants sparked a revolution that spread through the United States and Canada that resulted in a number of establishments selling their own version of the knish.

Ready to take a bite out of a knish today? Visit Kettleman’s Bagel Co. for a delicious platter of backed spinach, potato, and pizza knishes, all ready to eat. Call our Ottawa catering company today and place your order.