Hanukkah Face-Off: Ashkenazi Dish #6


Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah – and presenting a wrap-up as the sun goes down on the eighth day. Whose food is the most appealing? Help us decide with your comments and social media shares.

Blintzes are like the lovechild of a crepe and a burrito. Sold yet?

These airy, easily-breakable pancakes are stuffed with soft cheese before being wrapped and fried in oil or butter. Some cooks will top this typically breakfast-time dish with jam, powdered sugar, or — sorry Nanna! — chopped bacon, but bare versions are equally satisfying. In fact, blintzes may be best enjoyed when eaten by-hand, without any gluttonous embellishments. After all, they’re really just an excuse to eat sweet, warm cheese in the morning.


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 13, 2012

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