Spinach and Smoked Salmon Cocktail Knishes
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
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.
Recipe courtesy Wayne Harley Brachman