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Jewish Recipes --> Jewish and Israeli Foods --> What is Farfel ?

Middle High German varveln, through Yiddish farfl) are small pellet-shaped noodles, made of either flour mixed with egg or matzo.

Farfel is most prevalent in Jewish cuisine, where it is a seasonal item used in Passover dishes. In this form, farfel simply consists of matzo broken up by any means into small pieces, and used as a bread substitute in various recipes, from kugel to mushroom pie to latkes. It is particularly prevalent in oven-baked dishes. Farfel also refers to an egg noodle dough which may be cut or grated for use in soups, or served as a side dish. Among Hassidic Jews, farfel is served as a side dish on the night of the Sabbath, in accordance with a custom instituted by the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism.

In both cases, farfel is carefully soaked in water in preparation; while moistening is necessary to soften the dough, allowing too much water to soak in will leave the mixture irreparably soggy.

Farfel is not related to the similar-sounding falafel and
farafella or farafelle pasta bows.

also see: Farfel Recipes

Trivia

Two television dogs have gone by the name of Farfel:

  • The hound dog puppet used as Nestlè's mascot in its 1950s and 1960s commercials- famous for drawling "CHAW-W-W-CLIT!"- obtained its name directly from the food item.
  • In Episode 21 of Seinfeld, "The Dog," Jerry was forced to take care of a dog named Farfel after its owner suffered an attack of Bell's Palsy on an airplane.
  • Farfel also provided the name of the titular cat in Norman Geller's children's book "Farfel the Cat That Left Egypt."

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This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Bagels.