Kiftes de Prasa, Macedonian Leek and Meat Patties

Kiftes de Prasa, Macedonian Leek and Meat Patties

“Fry Up Something New for Hanukkah” via Tablet


1/4 cup olive oil plus oil for frying, divided
6 large leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise, cleaned, and sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch thick pieces
2 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, plus more to taste, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds chopped lamb, beef, or boiled potatoes (see NOTE)
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 cup chopped parsley to taste
1/2 cup matzo meal


1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and rub a large-rimmed baking sheet with a little of the oil. Toss the leeks with more oil, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and half the pepper. Spread the leeks out in a single layer (use a second baking sheet if necessary) and roast, tossing frequently, until golden brown and crisp at the edges, about 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

2. Chop the leeks and mix with the meat or potato, eggs, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne, parsley, matzo meal, and remaining salt and pepper. Form into 12 patties, roughly 3 inches wide. Heat a frying pan with a thin film of oil. Brown the patties until golden on each side, making sure they cook through.

Yield: 12 patties

NOTE: If substituting potatoes for the meat, add a little Parmesan cheese to the potatoes for some extra flavor.