If you love potatoes, then this post is for you! Potato knishes are a traditional Jewish dish of mashed potatoes wrapped and cooked in dough.
Enjoying the deliciousness that potato knishes offer is even better when it’s paired with other flavors to give it extra oomph.
Selecting what to serve with potato knishes can be daunting with various options. So we’ve taken the guesswork out of things and compiled a list of our favorite sides to serve alongside this popular treat!
Whether looking for an easy side dish or a full meal experience, read on for tasty ideas to complete your potato knish dinner.
What Are Potato Knishes?
Potato knishes are a traditional Jewish comfort food originating in Eastern Europe.
The dough is typically made from flour, shortening, egg, baking powder, and salt. It is filled with mashed potatoes and onions.
Potato knishes can be served as an appetizer or side dish to many main courses. They can also be fried for a crunchier texture.
Potato knishes are often served with sour cream, applesauce, or other condiments. Some versions of potato knishes may also include cheese and ground beef for an even heartier meal.
They can be found in most bakeries and delis and independently make excellent snacks or meals. Potato knishes are a great way to bring traditional Jewish flavors into your home.
What To Serve With Potato Knishes?
So, what to serve with potato knishes? There are a variety of sides and condiments that can be served with potato knishes to add flavor and texture.
Spicy mustard is a condiment made from mustard seeds, vinegar, and other spices such as cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and turmeric.
It is typically served with potato knishes – a traditional Jewish dish of mashed potatoes wrapped in dough. Spicy mustard provides a tangy flavor to the otherwise bland knishes, and its heat helps to counterbalance the richness of the potato filling.
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Making spicy mustard is a simple process that requires just a few essential ingredients.
Start by combining one cup of dry yellow mustard powder with ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of cold water in a medium bowl. Mix these ingredients until they form a thick paste.
Then, add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon of turmeric to the paste. Mix everything until well incorporated.
Finally, transfer the spicy mustard to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Baked Eggplant is a popular Middle Eastern dish traditionally served with potato knishes.
It’s made by slicing an eggplant into thin slices, lightly coating it in olive oil and sprinkling it with salt before baking it until tender.
The resulting flavor of the eggplant is rich and smoky, making it a delicious side dish or main course.
To make Baked Eggplant, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (220°C). Slice the eggplant into thin slices and lightly coat them in olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes until tender, flipping the slices halfway through.
Potato knishes are traditional side dishes to Baked Eggplant. Serve the eggplant with the knish, warm pita bread, hummus, and a salad for a truly delicious meal.
Beetroot salad is a wonderfully colorful and nutritious dish that combines raw or cooked beetroots with other vegetables, such as tomatoes, onions and lettuce. It can be served either cold or warm, depending on your preference.
The potatoes knishes are a traditional Jewish dish that consists of mashed potato dumplings filled with beef or pork, onion and spices. When served together, the two dishes create a delicious, hearty, nutritious, and tasty meal.
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To make Beetroot Salad, wash and dry some raw or cooked beetroot (or both). Cut the beets into small cubes and place them in a large bowl.
Then, add your other vegetables of choice, such as diced tomatoes and onions, chopped lettuce, and any other vegetables you would like. Next, prepare a simple dressing by combining olive oil and vinegar.
Mix the ingredients in a separate bowl until they are well incorporated. Pour the dressing over your beets and vegetables and toss gently to combine. Serve at room temperature or chill before serving for a refreshing taste.
Matzo Soup is a traditional Jewish dish often served during Passover. It is made by simmering chicken or vegetable stock with matzo pieces and vegetables, such as carrots and celery.
Traditionally, Matzo Soup is served with potato knishes, dumplings stuffed with mashed potatoes and onion fried in oil. Making Matzo Soup is a simple process and requires just a few basic ingredients.
First, boil chicken or vegetable stock in a large pot. Add chopped vegetables such as carrots, celery, and onion, and let them simmer until they are softened.
Then add matzo pieces and cook until they are soft about 10 minutes. For added flavor, season the soup with salt and pepper. Serve hot, topped with potato knishes for a classic Jewish meal.
Lentil soup is a hearty and filling dish popular in many cultures. It is usually made with either brown or green lentils, vegetables, stock or broth, spices, and sometimes meat or other proteins.
The soup has a rich and earthy flavor that goes perfectly with the creamy texture of potato knishes. Lentil soup is often served with potato knishes because they add flavor, texture, and nutrition.
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To start preparing lentil soup, heat some oil in a big pot over medium-high heat. Add the minced onion and garlic to the heated oil.
About 5 minutes of sautéing should produce a light browning. Then, if wanted, add the optional ingredients, including carrots and celery.
Continue to sauté the vegetables for a few more minutes until they start to soften. Next, lentils and broth should then be added to the pot.
The mixture should be boiled and simmered for 15 to 20 minutes or until the lentils are cooked. Spices (cumin, coriander powder, black pepper, and salt) are added last.
If necessary, taste and adjust the seasonings. Before serving, let the soup boil for a few more minutes. Enjoy with potato knishes after serving!
Fried pickles are a popular snack and side dish that involves deep frying pickle slices in a batter.
They often come served with potato knishes, savory baked or fried dough filled with mashed potatoes, cheese, onions, and other ingredients.
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Fried pickles have become increasingly popular due to their unique flavor combination of tartness and crunch. For fried pickles, start by slicing them into thin rounds or spears and soaking them in buttermilk for 20 minutes.
This helps to tenderize the pickles and give them a tangy flavor. Next, create a batter by combining flour, cornmeal, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt.
After that, heat a pot of oil to 375°F (190°C) and dip the pickles into the batter before carefully placing them in the heated oil. Fry for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels before serving with potato knishes.
Should You Serve Potato Knishes Cold Or Hot?
Potato knishes are best served hot. Baking them in the oven will help keep the outside crispy and the inside warm and fluffy.
You can also heat them in a skillet or microwave if needed. Serve with sour cream, applesauce, or other condiments to enhance the flavor.
Should You Bake Or Fry Potato Knishes?
Baking is the preferred method for making potato knishes. Baking will help keep the outside of the knish crisp, while keeping the inside fluffy and warm.
Frying can make them too crunchy on the outside or not cooked through in the middle.
Are Potato Knishes Good For Your Health?
Potato knishes can be a healthy addition to your diet, depending on your ingredients.
Opt for low-fat ingredients like reduced-fat cream cheese or olive oil instead of butter. Knishes made with whole-grain dough are also better for you.
Conclusion On What To Serve With Potato Knishes
Now you should know what to serve with potato knishes. Potato knishes can be served as a side or snack with many different dishes.
From matzo soup and lentil soup to fried pickles, these classic Jewish dishes pair perfectly with knishes for an authentic Passover meal. Try any of the recipes above to complete your Passover celebration!