Beef Knishes

Pulled-Beef Potato Knishes

Michal Frischman

The knishes are great rewarmed from the fridge or freezer, and the pulled beef is amazing up to three days later.

Type: Meat Prep Time: 300 minutes Level: Not mentioned

Potato Knishes

5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes

1/3 cup Gefen Lite Mayonnaise

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon oil, divided

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

3 large onions, sliced

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 whole eggs plus 1 egg yolk, plus 1 additional egg for egg wash

1/3 cup Gefen Soy Milk

Pulled Beef

1- and- 1/2-pound (3/4-kilogram) second-cut brisket

1 large onion, sliced

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 cup Salad Mate Meat Sauce

1/4 cup water

Prepare the Potato Filling

This can be done a day in advance.

Peel and cube the potatoes and place them in a large pot. Cover with cold salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 35–45 minutes. Drain.

Mash potatoes with a potato ricer or masher.  Add in mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper as necessary. Set aside.

Caramelize the Onions

In a saucepan over medium heat, heat one tablespoon of oil. Sauté onions until caramelized, about 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Make the Dough

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, eggs, soy milk, and 1/4 cup oil. Mix well to form a soft dough. Turn onto plastic wrap and allow to rest for 10 minutes. 

Make the Knishes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Cut into 12 pieces for large knishes, or 18 pieces for smaller knishes. Roll each piece into a circle.

Place one teaspoon of caramelized onion and about two tablespoons of potato mixture in the middle of the circle. Pleat the top to close and place onto a baking sheet covered with Gefen Easy Baking Parchment Paper. Brush the tops with beaten egg and bake for 35–40 minutes, or until golden brown.


Not in the mood of making your own dough? Use puff pastry dough cut into three-inch (seven- and- a- half-centimeter) circles instead.

Prepare the Pulled Beef

Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lay sliced onion in a 9- x 13-inch (20- x 30-centimeter) baking pan and place brisket on top. Sprinkle with onion and garlic powders, then pour meat sauce on top. Pour the water into the side of the pan and cover tightly. Bake for five to six hours or until very soft.

Shred with two forks.

To Serve

Place your knishes on a platter or on individual plates. Top with pulled brisket and enjoy!