When it comes to flour and stuffing, what is the first food that comes to mind? Pizza or dumplings. Compared with pizza, dumplings appear in the diets of various countries and nationalities with different forms and types. Such as pelmeni, ravioli and tortellini. Today, I’d like to introduce an ancient Jewish dumpling – kreplach. Bring you diverse cooking culture.
I. History of kreplach
kreplach are small stuffed pastas, a Jewish dish that has been around since the Middle ages. It originated in Eastern Europe and is considered a traditional European Jewish dish. kreplach is made of flour, water and eggs, and according to the Talmud, it is considered to contain neither dairy products nor meat and can be eaten with any other food. kreplach are usually made in the shape of triangle, and Jewish historians believe that the three points of the triangle represent the biblical figures of Jacob, Abraham, and Isaac in the Old Testament.
II.How to make kreplach
Taking the traditional potato filling kreplach as an example to talk about the process of making kreplach in detail; So that you can enjoy delicious Jewish dumplings in your own home.
Step one: making dumpling skins
Prepare 4 cups of flour in a glass bowl. Add 1.5 cups of water to the flour, followed by 2 teaspoons table salt. Finally, mix the flour and water by hand to form dough and leave it at room temperature for two hours. It should be noted that if you want to increase the elasticity of the dough, you can add a little cooking oil to the flour.
Step two: Making potato stuffing
Potatoes should be cooked in pan first. Add 50 grams of butter to the pan. When the butter has melted, add 1kg of the potatoes and 400g of the onion to the pan. Stir the potatoes and onion together, then you need to remember to add 1 tablespoon black pepper and 2 tablespoons salt for flavour. Once the potatoes and Onions are cooked, pour them into a bowl and crush them to set aside.
Step three: making kreplach
Now, let’s make kreplach. Firstly, cut the dough into small pieces. Only with a sharp knife can the dough be easily cut into small pieces. If your kitchen knife isn’t sharp enough, try this sharpener, which is 4-stage knife sharpening tool (Product links are https://adoriclife.com/collections/us-products/kitchen/). Then, small pieces of dough are crushed into round wrappers. Add the moderate potato filling to the wrappers and shape the dumplings into a triangle. Finally, steam the kreplach in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. When kreplach are cooked, we can dip the dumplings into the chicken soup and eat them together.
How long does it take?
It may take half a day to make a delicious kreplach. You can choose to start cooking a dumpling dinner on a weekend afternoon. Make a cup of afternoon tea and get your hands dirty while you drink. However, traditional Jews enjoy kreplach on Rosh Hashanah, at the pre-fast meal before Yom Kippur.
Cooking is a process of fun and enjoyment. No matter how skilled you are, what you pursue is happiness on the tip of your tongue, pleasure on your taste buds and constant satisfaction on your appetite. Let’s start by cooking our next meal！