Recipe courtesy of Wayne Harley Brachman

Spinach and Smoked Salmon Cocktail Knishes

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: 16 to 24 pieces
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1 pound peeled baking potatoes, like russets or waxy potatoes, like Yukon Golds

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 large Spanish onion, minced (2 cups)

1/2 cup spinach, cooked, drained, and coarsely chopped

Oil Pastry (Ail Teig):

3/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup water

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 pound smoked salmon, shredded

1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, washed


  1. Make the filling: Place the potatoes in a pot of water and boil until fork-tender (20 minutes). Drain. Meanwhile, saute the onions in the oil until softened. Mash the potatoes and stir in the onion mixture and spinach.
  2. Make the dough: In a mixer fitted with the paddle, combine the oil, water, cumin, turmeric, salt and 1 1/2 cups flour. If necessary, add additional flour or water to make a soft dough. Form into two balls. Wrap in plastic and let rest, at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Assembly: Roll the dough out into 2 rectangles, 1/8-inch thick (approximately 15 by 10-inches). Lay filling down center in a squared off log. Place the salmon in a layer on top of the filling. Trim dough and roll up. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Slice into 2-inch pieces. Set, seam side down, on a non-stick cookie sheet or a sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden. Garnish platter with flat-leaf parsley.

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