Authentic kishke is made with what-was-once-an-illegal-substance. Now we have your attention, but don’t get too excited. Kishke is a Jewish dish, which translates to “intestine.” Traditionally, the dish (also called stuffed derma) involves stuffing beef intestine with flour or matzo meal, shmaltz (rendered pork, chicken or goose fat) and spices. Beef intestine had been outlawed in the United States, but was “legalized” in 2005. Thank goodness we can all freely enjoy the pleasures of offal.
Nevertheless, real-deal Kishke is still difficult to find, and edible synthetic casings are more commonly used than beef intestine. Kishke is also a component of a traditional Jewish stew called cholent.
Use today’s Word of the Day: Geila Hocherman’s Kosher Revolution