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Jewish Recipes --> Recipes --> Vegetable Dishes --> Spinach

SEPHARDIC SPINACH PATTIES (KEFTES DE ESPINACA) Pareve or Dairy
Olive Trees and Honey by Gil Marks

According to Marks, these simple but delicious spinach patties are irresistible, even to spinach-haters. He recommends a splash of fresh lemon juice, which makes a major difference in taste. Onions add a sweet flavor and textural complexity. He writes, "These patties are traditional on Passover and Rosh Hashanah, corresponding to the emergence of the early and late spinach crops. For Rosh Hashanah, you could substitute fine dried bread crumbs for the matzo meal." Enjoy…

Recipe Ingredients:
  • 3 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • 2 pounds fresh spinach, stemmed, cooked, chopped, and squeezed dry (or 20 ounces thawed frozen chopped spinach, squeezed dry)
  • About 1 cup matza meal
  • About 3/4 teaspoon table salt (or 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt)
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges for serving
1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and, if using, the garlic and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the spinach, matza meal, salt, pepper, and, if using, the nutmeg or cayenne. Stir in the eggs. If the mixture is too loose, add a little more matza meal. The mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for a day.

2. Shape the spinach mixture into patties 3 inches long and 1½ inches wide, with tapered ends. In a large skillet, heat a thin layer of oil over medium heat. In batches, fry the patties, turning, until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm, accompanied with lemon wedges.

Makes about 16 patties.

SEPHARDIC SPINACH PATTIES WITH CHEESE (Keftes de Espinaca con Queso): Add 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Muenster, Swiss, Gouda, or Cheddar cheese, or ¼ cup grated kefalotyri or Parmesan cheese.

SEPHARDIC SPINACH PATTIES WITH WALNUTS (Keftes de Espinaca con Muez): Substitute 1/2 to 1 cup finely chopped walnuts for the matza meal.

ITALIAN SPINACH PATTIES (Polpettine di Spinaci): Add 3/4 cup raisins soaked in white wine for 30 minutes, then drained, and 3/4 cup toasted pine nuts.


Haolom Muenster Natural Cheese


Matzo Meal

 
 

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