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Schliskes (?)

Deenso | Mar 6, 2003 07:12 AM

You'll have to excuse the spelling, but I never saw the word written. That's what it sounded like, anyway. It was a dish my Jewish Lithuanian grandmother made at least once a month. It was basically a heavy version of gnocchi, I'd say. She rolled the potato/flour dough out into long, narrow logs, then cut pieces about finger-size and squeezed each piece a little so the ends were tapered. They were then boiled quickly and drained. The magic happened when my grandmother melted a lot of butter in a frying pan and added breadcrumbs to turn golden brown. Then the schliskes went in, as well, to toss in the buttery breadcrumbs. Then everything went into a glass baking dish which she topped with a little more melted butter and breadcrumbs and that went into the oven. I never knew if she actually baked them or if they were just there to stay warm until serving time. But they came out kind of crisp on the top and it was probably the most comforting dish I can remember from my childhood.

Anyway, I think I once saw a reference to this dish in regard to a Jewish deli in the Garment District. Anybody out there know where I can find it? (I know I can probably make it myself, but who's got the energy?)

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