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Helzel Potatoes

Helzel Potatoes

Helzel Potatoes were a childhood treat of meltingly soft savoury potatoes topped with crispy and delicious helzel (stuffing).   

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  • 3-4Servings


  • 2.2 lbs (1 kg) potatoes
  • Scant cup (200 ml) hot stock (vegetable or chicken)
  • ⅔ cup (80 g) flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons (25g) matzo meal
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C.

2. Peel the potatoes, rinse them, and cut into small dice - around ½ inch.

3. Place the potato pieces in an ovenproof casserole that has a lid. Pour the stock over the potato pieces, and set the dish aside.

4. Now make the helzel: Mix the flour, the matzo meal and the black pepper in a bowl. Peel the onion, and grate it on a coarse grater (or whizz briefly in a food processor).

5. Fry the onion in the vegetable oil in a small pan just until soft and starting to brown, then add to the flour mixture. Mix well - the Helzel should clump together into moist crumbs.

6. Sprinkle the prepared helzel over the potatoes in an even layer. Cover the pot with a lid, and bake at 375°F/190°C for about an hour.

7. Remove the lid, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F/180°C, and continue to bake for another 30 minutes until the helzel is golden brown.

Posted with permission from Family Friends Foods.