Consume & Operate: Knightville knishery places a new twist on the Jewish hand pie

I’m all for the thought of baking yummy points into a hand pie.

Developing up in a French-Canadian household, I type of felt left out on when it came to hand pies. People today generally talk and create about how just about every lifestyle has some variation of a hand pie, spotlighting treats like the Cornish pasty in England, empanadas from all more than South The us, Jamaican patties from the Caribbean and samosas from south and central Asia. A Jewish variation is the knish, famously created and sold on streets or in the delis of New York Town, amongst other locations.

But, as far as I know, French-Canadians have only pies – some really brilliant kinds stuffed with floor pork – but not lovable minimal hand-held designs.

So I was intrigued when I listened to a bakery concentrating on knishes – BenReuben’s Knishery in South Portland’s Knightville neighborhood – had opened in May well. I have experienced incredibly confined knish experience. I vaguely recall having a cold just one in the auto driving dwelling from New York Town, but I keep in mind small else.

I can explain to you I keep in mind a total whole lot about the warm, flaky and flavorful knishes I introduced dwelling to my family from BenReuben’s the other day. My favourite was the BenReuben, filled with pastrami and sauerkraut and a slice of Swiss cheese on best, for $6.25. My wife, whose grandmother grew up on New York’s Decrease East Side and knows significantly far more about knishes than I do, cherished the Every little thing, which highlighted potato, cream cheese and scallions, as well as a wide variety of seeds on top, for $5.50. We also experimented with the Spring Pea with eco-friendly garlic, chickpeas and roasted mushrooms, for $5.50.

The Everything — potato, cream cheese, scallions — from BenReuben’s Knishery in South Portland. Photo by Ray Routhier

The pastry on all three was actually nice, uncomplicated to chew and flavorful. The knishes are largely marketed cold. We ate them warm because the extremely beneficial lady who served me wrote on the box that I need to heat them in a toaster oven at 350 levels for 10 minutes, which was ideal. She also stated men and women could have them heated there and get them heat to go. I experienced purchased our knishes on the internet the day prior to and picked them up at lunchtime on a Friday.

Each individual knish will come with a sauce of your option. We attempted the garlic mayo, horseradish sauce, onion jam, smoked salmon-aise and Thousand Island dressing. I specifically preferred the onion jam on the Anything knish.

The knishes at BenReuben’s make a incredibly cost-effective lunch, as 1 is probably ample to fill most people today. We each and every experienced one and a fifty percent and have been stuffed. We also experienced some reasonably priced sides, together with a home-created deli pickle and a tiny serving of potato salad with mustard and pickled onion, for $4.75, which we all agreed was good, with fresh new dill and a mustardy tang.

The family members jogging BenReuben’s wrote on their web-site that they hope to deliver “new lifetime to previous family recipes and traditional Jewish dishes with seasonal inspiration from Maine.” So retain that in head, knish purists, if you’re pondering that the knishes you experienced in New York Town did not have pastrami or green garlic in them. As I stated, I do not know considerably about knishes, but I know these tasted excellent.

BenReuben’s Knishery in South Portland opened in May well. Gregory Rec/Employees Photographer

A different savory knish on the menu when I went was a Casco Bay White Fish with lemon, blended herbs and potato. Sweet knishes included a Cheesecake edition with blackberry, lemon and product cheese and a Cinna-Knish with citrus icing and “rotating flavors.”

Other sides include rooster salad, dwelling bread, residence preserved lemons, mixed greens, sweet noodle kugel, spicy pickled cabbage and mushroom wild rice. The position also presents Friday night time “dinner pickups” in which you can buy a food with sides. A fifty percent-roast chicken supper is $30 and half-brisket evening meal $110. The latter is advisable for 4 hungry grown ups. There is also a roasted veggie dinner. The dinners have to be purchased Sunday through Tuesday for pickup that Friday.

BenReuben’s area in Knightville, close to the Casco Bay Bridge, signifies it is a great spot to pick up a picnic lunch or snack when heading out to nearby scenic places, like Mill Creek Park, Willard Beach or Bug Light Park.

It’s uncomplicated to carry anywhere you’re heading, simply because, effectively, it is a hand pie.

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