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Yonah Schimmel Low-Fat New York City Knish Recipe
Yonah Schimmel Low-Fat New York City Knish
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Bread
Calories: 242
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Recipe Rating: 3.7 (3 reviews)
Here's a recipe that comes from a challenge issued by the New York Daily News. They wanted to find out if a West Coast dude could duplicate the taste of an authentic New York City knish. But, mind you, not just any knish. This knish comes from one of the oldest knisheries in the Big Apple, a place that also takes pride in the low fat content of its knishes as opposed to the popular deep-fried variety. When I tasted the famous Yonah Schimmel knish (the first knish I had ever sampled), I realized that not only could a simple clone recipe be created, but that the fat gram count could come in even lower. The Daily News even went so far as to have a lab analyze the fat content of not only the original knish and the clone but also the fat grams in a street vendor knish and a supermarket knish, just for comparison. The lab results are listed following the recipe.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

6 medium russet potatoes
5 tablespoons reduced-fat butter
3/4 cup minced white onion (about 1/4 of an onion)
1/2 cup fat-free chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped chives
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

12 sheets phyllo dough 

1. Peel and quarter the potatoes, then transfer them to a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 25 minutes, or until a knife stuck in a potato quarter encounters no resistance. Strain the water from the potatoes and then mash them in a large bowl.

2. Saute the onion in 2 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, or until translucent but not brown. Add the onion to the mashed potatoes, along with the broth, salt, pepper, and chives and/or red pepper flakes, if desired. Melt an additional 1 tablespoon butter (in your microwave is easiest) and add that to the potatoes as well. Stir to combine.

3. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

4. Slice in half a stack of 3 sheets of phyllo dough (roll up all remaining sheets so that they do not dry out). Measure 1 cup of potato mixture and roll it into a ball with your hands. Place the ball into the center of the phyllo, then bring up the dough and wrap it around the potato filling. Brush the dough with melted butter to keep it sealed around the potato filling, and place the knish onto a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining ingredients -- you should have 8 knishes -- and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the knishes are nicely browned.

Makes 8 knishes.

How They Stack Up
Top Secret Recipes knish - Price: 40 cents, Wt: 6.75 ounces, Fat: 3.63 grams
Yonah Schimmel knish - Price: $1.50, Wt: 11.27 ounces, Fat: 7.01 grams
Street vendor knish - Price: $1, Wt: 4.35 ounces, Fat: 4.53 grams
Supermarket knish - Price $1.50, Wt: 9.89 ounces, Fat: 11.27 grams

The Rabbi  
Submitted on: 12/24/08
Shmendrik! Jewish food recipes don't contain both meat and milk, a violation of Jewish religious dietary laws. So no butter shmeared on the knishes. Oy vey! What next? A ham knish??? With the butter the taste would be way off and the phylo dough would give the wrong mouth feel and texture.
Submitted on: 06/03/07
i've eaten new york knishes and this is real close. good
Submitted on: 08/09/05
Never been to Yonah Schimmel's, so I can't say if it's an accurate copy, but this is an excellent Knish recipe - absolutely dee-lish!