TATERTOSCHEN, The Better Way To Get Your Purim On This Year!

              

DEFINE:
[tay-ter tahshen
 
nounplural  [tayter tahshuh n] (Show IPA). Jewish Cookery.
1. a small triangular (often sweet) dough made with yeast and filled with a mixture of poppy seeds and honey or with prune paste, prepared especially for Purim.
 
2. The replacement of grated potatoes in the dough takes the regular, boring, usually unevenly cooked cousin of the TATERtoschen, the HAMANtaschen, and elevates it it to the best version of a tater tot. EVER!
“Mommy, pleeeeeaaasssee make us TATERTOSCHENS for Purim this year instead of regular hamantaschen.”
 
Origin of tatertaschen
<From the PL&C  English/Yiddish mash up language, TATER equivalent to “tater tots”+ tash pouch, pocket (compare Middle High German tasche, Old High Germantasca; akin to task )
 
 TOUNGE TWISTER CHALLANGE:
“Tatty took ten TATERTOSCHENS to town today.”
 
     
 

When I first woke up in the middle of the night dreaming about a Tater-tot/Hamantashen hybrid I could not go back to sleep! I knew that my alternate dream life had lead me to Purim gold! Although extremely tired from my lack of sleep, I spent the whole next day and writing down a list of why tater tots rock and how to properly incorporate their awesomeness into a triangle shape. I quickly realized that the triangle would work to my advantage because 3 corners = 3x more the crispy edges. So, from their I wrote a list if criteria that my TATERTOSCHEN needed to meet.

  1. must be easy to make
  2. must freeze well so that people can prepare them in advance
  3. must be vegan and gluten free so that everyone can enjoy them!
  4. must be crispy
  5. must NOT be fried. Because. Frying is annoying

          Last but not least…

6.must be completely and utterly addictive.

                       

So, for the past month, I have made these so many different times, each time adjusting the recipe to enhance and simplify the recipe. Then once I finally settled on a recipe that yielded results that tasted and were just as crispy as their fried counterparts I spent days testing the best way to freeze and reheat them! 

But, no. My work did not end there. Because once I created a vegan and gluten free version, I obviously had to take and junkyify (another word brought to you by the PL&C language) it. Which meant adding a ton of cheddar cheese (because, cheese) and filling them with the yummiest, most delicious brunch foods of all time. 

                      

So, this Purim, if you only do one thing. TATERTOSCH. 

You can fill them with pulled red wine braised short ribs like I did, or stuff them with some shredded bbq chicken, imitation crab salad or tuna tartare for a fish course, or do what my kids did and fill the hole with ketchup and just eat em straight up!

(warning: if your family goes the ketchup route, close your eyes and back away slowly, because a little piece of your foodie heart may die)

However you choose to serve these, just make sure you are already fed when these come out of the oven. Because if not, it is very likely you will consume the whole tray, by yourself, in the kitchen.

For the printable TATERTOSCHEN recipe click here

For the printable CHEESY CHEDDAR TATERTOSCHEN recipe click here

For the printable PULLED RED WION BRAISED SHORT RIBS recipe click here

 

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Friday Night Tu B’Shvat Menu

           

           

 

“Once there was a tree…”

I love Tu B’Shvat. It’s a no pressure holiday. You don’t need to spend days in advance preparing, theres usually not a lot of company involved making it quality family time, and best of all, to me it means spring time is just around the corner!!!!!!! 

Woooooohooooo!

Most years I take my kids to the local botanical gardens to plant some trees and then come home and we have a really fun Tu B’shvat seudah. We eat all the different simanim, make brachos and just have a really nice quality family dinner talking about the beautiful world Hashem gave us to live in.  

This year, everything is different. Tu B’Shvat has graced us with its presence on shabbos. That means no planting on the actual day and any tradition “shiva minim” foods need to be incorporated into our shabbos meal. Luckily for me, most of these ingredients are pretty standard in Moroccan and middle eastern cooking (which is not surprising since they are the 7 species indigenous to this region).

Just for the record here is a list of the shiva minim (don’t feel bad if you don’t remember them. I had to ask my 9 year old son….)

Wheat 

Barley 

Grapes

Figs

Dates

Pomegranate

Olive Oil

So, I decided this year to incorporate our 7 delicious species of fruits and grains into one crazy delicious Friday night shabbos meal. I wrote up a menu with some of the usual shabbos staples, and included a bunch of new  and some recycled but perfectly appropriate recipes. I broke the recipes for you so that you can pick and choose or mix and match the recipes that your family would love. Of course feel free to use my menu in it’s entirety and we can be twinning this shabbos!

Here it goes:

Appitizer:

Moroccan fish

Soup:

Chicken Soup with matzah balls

Main Course:

Sun- dried Tomato and Olive Ciabatta topped with Shredded Pomegranate Braised Brisket

Chicken with Olives

Barley Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

 Roasted Cauliflower with Moroccan Date and Fig Crunch Topping

Dessert:

Spiced Poached Pears

Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake

I figured you all have your own chicken soup and matzah balls recipe so I did not include those recipes. All the other recipes are listed below with clickable links to a printable version! 

I want to wish everyone out there a spring and summer, inspired by the trees we plant,  filled with growth, fruitfulness and beauty.

“And the tree was happy.” -Shel Silverstein

 

 

For the printable Moroccan Fish recipe click here 

For the printable Olive and Sun-dried Tomato Ciabatta recipe click here

For the printable Pomegranate Braised Brisket recipe click here

For the printable Arugula and Barley Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette recipe click here

For the printable Roasted Cauliflower with Moroccan Date and Fig Crunch Topping recipe click here

For the printable Chicken with Olives recipe click here

For the printable Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake recipe click here

For the printable Poached Pears recipe click here

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Chicken with Artichokes

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I think it’s pretty clear from all of my instagram posts that most of my summertime cooking is strictly limited to foods I can cook on a barbecue. Since I live in a desert (Israel), there is almost never any summertime rain to interrupt my plans. However, unless your like my mother,who drags her barbecue up to the kitchen doors so she can grill right through the rain (or live in a desert), it’s always good to have a few quick, easy and satisfying chicken dishes that can be made indoors.

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This dish is perfect. Truth is, its so good, it’s really not limited to a summertime dinner. I’m not a huge recipe repeater, but I probably make some sort of variation of this dish at least once a month. It’s really, really good. It’s also the kind of dish where I basically always have the ingredients in my house. Oh, and did mention, it’s AMAZING.

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Kitchen Destination: Morocco

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I grew up in a mixed home. My mother was born in Casablanca, Morocco and my father in Brooklyn, New York. Anyone that has parents with that type of combination knows it make for very lively and exciting family gatherings. Aside from all the fun, it also meant that we grew up eating the most delicious food!

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Pan-fried dumplings

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I LOVE chinese food. Not a little bit. A lot. And I don’t mean, real food, made with real ingredients that actually resemble food eaten in China. I’m talking about American Chinese food. Greasy, salty, sticky, sweet, sour, and spicy. I would eat for lunch and dinner everyday for the rest of my life and not get sick of it. Living in Israel though, it has been really difficult to fill the chinese food void in my soul.

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Overtime, I’ve had to get resourcful when it comes to filling my cravings. These dumplings, although not as dough-y as their “authentic” restaurant equivalents, really come pretty close, taste wise.

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They’re easy to make, and yield a big amount. They freeze really  well also, so, if you don’t need them all right away, before you boil them, freeze a bunch.

To freeze them, put them in a tupperware with a layer of parchment paper in between each layer. Defrost as needed.

Dumpling and dipping sauce recipe

Peas & Love

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