I Heart Manischewitz: The Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off

A few weeks ago, I had an amazing experience, but I’ve avoided writing about it the last few weeks, because, well, it felt like it deserved to be written about during passover.

Manischewitz held their 4th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off in NYC, and it was head-judged by legendary international chef and author of Fast Food My Way, Jacques Pepin – and co-judged by ME. As in Aly. As in myself.

Also on the panel was Betsy Andrews of Saveur, Emily Fleischaker of Bon Appetite, Jamie Geller of Kosher.com and Jennifer Goren of the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan.

The winner? A fabulous Mandarin Dumpling Soup, made out of the Manischewitz chicken broth. Here’s the recipe!

from contest winner Sarah Freedman-Izquierdo – Miami Beach, FL

1 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger finely grated
1/4 cup diced water chestnuts
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon dry sherry
14 ounce ground turkey
25 dumpling wrappers or wonton wrappers
6 cups Manischewitz® Chicken Broth

In a large bowl mix the ginger, chestnuts, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sherry together. Add the turkey to the ginger mixture and combine all ingredients well. Scoop 1 level tablespoon of the mixture into the center of your dumpling wrapper. Using water, moisten the rim of one half of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half and press the dough along the edge to seal. Lay the dumplings on a separate plate as you finish each one (do not flour!). Bring the Manischewitz® Chicken Broth to a boil in a 3 quart pot. Gently drop dumplings in one-at-a-time. Use a rubber spatula and skim along the bottom of the pot every so often to keep the dumplings from sticking. Reduce the broth to a simmer. Cook for 5-6 minutes then serve!

Makes approximately 24-28 dumplings. These can be frozen for up to two months or used right away.

My experience? Amazing. In fact, I must have been pretty well…because just two weeks later, I was asked to judge at the French Culinary Institute, and while there…ran into Jacques Pepin. Clearly, that makes us BFF, right?


9 Responses to “I Heart Manischewitz: The Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off”

  1. April 1, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    That is a neat gig! I’m getting hungry just reading about it.

  2. April 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Mandarin Dumpling Soup sounds great. I want the recipe!

  3. 3 Saiyid Ma
    April 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I love dumpling soup, thanks for sharing the recipe! I would have never guessed using water chestnuts, should be interesting!

  4. April 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Yummy recipe! I think I’d add some green onion for a little bite 🙂 Love that it’s made with ground turkey.

  5. 5 Sarah L
    April 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    This sounds like the perfect gig for you. Happy Passover.

  6. 6 Lily Kwan
    April 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    The Mandarin Dumpling Soup recipe looks very tasty!

  7. 7 Saiyid Ma
    April 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Ground Turkey >>> Ground Beef (in terms of both health and taste)

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