Announcing a new variety – Kishka Schlumpia®

IMG_8956Kishka (AKA stuffed derma) is one of my favorite Jewish foods.  I always ordered it anytime I found myself in a Jewish deli and when we were planning our wedding, it was the only detail I concerned myself with. Kishka is Yiddish for intestines and traditional recipes stuff flour/matzah meal, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, spices and copious amounts of schmaltz (chicken or beef fat) into natural casings (intestines).

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I’m serving up a healthier but just as tasty version all rolled up into a lumpia wrapper.  I just substitute canola oil for the schmaltz and wrap it in foil, and bake it. They’re the perfect crunchy, yet soft comfort food.  It sounds like an oxymoron, but our Kishka Schlumpia® are even vegan!

 

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Stovetop Stuffing’s slogan was “Stuffing instead of potatoes” – Uncle Larry’s is “Kishka Schlumpia® instead of stuffing”.  Try serving some Kishka Schlumpia® alongside the turkey for a new Thanksgiving tradition, or if you’re a traditionalist, just stuff a bunch right in the bird!!!

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Frankie Yankovic had a polka hit with “Who Stole The Keeshka”, and now you can have a hit at your next dinner (just leave the accordion behind).  You don’t have to steal it though, just order some from Uncle Larry.

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It’s not a party without Schlumpia®

Entertaining is easy when you have a supply of Uncle Larry’s Schlumpia® in your freezer.  Just heat and serve.  Our premium spring rolls are delicious, unique, and allow you to spend more time with your guests.

Our wide variety of Schlumpia® are bite-sized (maybe 2 bites).  They’re great for appetizers, snacks, sides, and desserts.  They pair well with wine, beer, cocktails or just a can of Dr. Brown’s black cherry soda.

Guests are sure to enjoy our premium Jewish-inspired ingredients served up in a delicate and crispy lumpia wrapper.  All of our Schlumpia® are kosher-style, and many varieties are vegan.  Get your party playlist cranking and have fun!!!

Our most popular party favorites are Potato-Onion, Brisket, Pastrami, Cocktail Franks, and Apple StrudelOrder some for your next celebration or just keep some on hand for a late night snack or quick family meal.

Pastrami Reuben Schlumpia®

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Uncle Larry’s Pastrami Reuben Schlumpia®.  It’s a multi-cultural taste treat – Irish, Filipino, Jewish, Russian, Swiss & German all in one delicious package.  These Schlumpia® start with handcrafted smoky/spicy pastrami that’s slow roasted for peak flavor and tenderness.  It’s rolled into lumpia wrappers with sauerkraut and Russian dressing.

Hey – Wait a minute!  Where’s the Swiss cheese?  Well – that’s a bit complicated.  Uncle Larry’s Schlumpia® are not technically kosher, but they are kosher style.  That means they don’t contain pork or shellfish and we don’t mix milk and meat in our Schlumpia®.  But if that’s not a concern to you, then we suggest you simply dip these crispy taste treats into a Guinness Swiss cheese mustard dipping sauce, otherwise, a dunk into some spicy deli mustard works well too.  So technically, these aren’t Pastrami Reuben Schlumpia®, but more like Pastrami Rubin Schlumpia®.

Order some for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, or whenever you have a hankering for something really, really good.

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Stuffed Cabbage Schlumpia®

Stuffed cabbage is a dish I remember loving as a child.  My mom often made it when our extended family visited and the intoxicating aroma filled the kitchen.  I’ve ordered it at a number of Jewish delis, but they were never as good as Mom’s!  So how was I going to make the Schlumpia® version?  First some ground rules:

  • Use only the highest quality ingredients
  • No highly processed components (Ginger Snaps, ketchup)
  • No raisins (that may be a personal preference, but I am Uncle Larry and I make the rules)

The meat: Pat LaFrieda’s, a New York City metro area meat purveyor that started in Brooklyn in 1922 and supplies many top restaurants. I opted to use their custom burger blend.  It’s a mix of flat iron steak, brisket, and short rib all sourced from American Black Angus beef.  Instead of generic canned or jarred tomato sauce, I chose San Marzano tomatoes marked DOP (That’s an acronym for the Italian phrase “Denonminazione d’ Orignine Protetta”), which signifies that the tomatoes are the San Marzano variety grown in Italy’s San Marzano region.  Does it really matter?  Yes – especially if you’re trying to make the best Stuffed Cabbage lumpiang out there. *(Lumpiang is the plural of lumpia, Schlumpia® is the plural form of Schlumpia® – this should really be a footnote, but I don’t know how to do that in WordPress)

Some restaurant recipes use a lot of rice so they don’t have to use a lot of meat.  I do use jasmine rice, but just a little.  Since my stuffed cabbage has been rolled into a spring roll wrapper, the cabbage leaves really don’t need to be stuffed.  Instead, I make mini meatballs and cook with the chopped cabbage and tomato sauce.  To get that authentic Jewish sweet & sour taste, some use “sour salt” which is just another name for citric acid.  That doesn’t sound very appetizing, so I instead used fresh lemon juice and light brown organic sugar.  The meat/cabbage mixture is strained and the remaining liquid makes the perfect dipping sauce.

For those people out there on a vegan, vegetarian or plant-based diet, we also make Sweet & Sour Cabbage Schlumpia®: same great flavor but sans meat.

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Salami & Eggs

My family and I just returned from a fun vacation in Montreal.  We took a very informative and delicious walking tour of Jewish food in Montreal called “Beyond the Bagel”.  We tasted bagels, bialys, chocolate babka, rugelach, smoked meat, and pickles.

Wilensky SpecialThe inspiration for a new Schlumpia® variety came when we experienced an interesting sandwich called the “Special” at Wilensky’s Light Lunch. It consisted of grilled beef salami and bologna with mustard on a Kaiser roll that was pressed on the grill like a panini.

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Wilensky’s has some strict rules:  They will not cut the sandwich in half nor will they let you order it sans mustard and they’ve enforced these stringent rules since 1932.

 

Ramones

According to the Ramone’s song “Commando”, the fourth rule is “Eat Kosher Salamis“.   Uncle Larry’s Schlumpia® wanted to make something that demonstrates its firm belief of the Ramone’s rule #4 without being as rigid as Wilensky’s.

We start with a midget  kosher salami, dice it into small cubes and fry it up to develop some crispiness, then add some scrambled farm fresh eggs and cook it pancake style.  We roll some up in a lumpia wrapper, fry it, and serve it with an optional spicy brown mustard dipping sauce and an equally optional pickle.  It’s crunchy, flavorful and delicious. Order some today and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Salmon Latke Schlumpia®

 

Whenever we visited our grandparents in Brooklyn, my grandmother would serve us salmon latkes (salmon croquettes), creamed corn and chocolate pudding.  We liked them so much that she made it for us every time we visited.  I set out to recreate this delicious meal in Schlumpia form.

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I didn’t want to stray too far from her recipe, but wanted to gussie it up a bit to make it as healthy and nutritious as possible.  This was quite apropos as Grandma’s name was Gussie.  I used canned Alaskan wild red salmon. It’s high in omega 3’s especially when I use all the skin, bones and liquid.  It is way healthier than KFC, but you’ll still be able to say, “I ate the bones”.  I used a few cage-free organic egg whites and organic 9 grain bread to bind, added some chopped onions and parsley and pan-seared them in extra virgin olive oil.

They can be served up 2 different ways:

  1. Rolled in a lumpia wrapper and flash fried and served hot
  2. Stuffed into an open ended Schlumpia (think cannoli) and served cold

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Both are great with some arugula, and a lemon Dijon aoilli.  The flavor of this dipping sauce compliments the salmon latkes and the lemon juice literally cuts the mustard.

These Schlumpia are perfect for vegetarians, make a nice Lenten snack, or a nice taste treat for book club especially if you’re reading something from Salman Rushdie.

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You can help make May 24th be National Schlumpia® Day!!!

A grassroots effort has begun to officially mark May 24th as National Schlumpia® Day. We’re not just talking about 5/24/2017, but May 24th in perpetuity!!!

The day is prominently listed in  Wikipedia under their “list of food days” and will share the day with “National Escargot Day” (we’re not shellfish selfish).  In order for it to become official,  we’ll need at least 500 members in the Make 5/24 National Schlumpia Day Facebook Group that was set up for this important initiative.  Once that’s acheived, our country’s lawmakers will be contacted to help formally make this hapen.   If you haven’t joined the group please do, so our shared wish can become a reality.  At the time this article was written, there were 160 members, so we really need your help!!!

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Special thanks to David Hellman, Integrative health coash, nutrition troubleshooter, high tech entrepreneur and childhoold friend of Uncle Larry for spearheading this important iniative and movement forward.