What is Kishke?
Kishke, also known as stuffed derma is a Jewish dish made two different ways. One uses animal intestines as a sausage casing. This is a common casing for meat. The other does not use any casing. Kishke is made from beef fat, flour, and seasonings and is sliced into serving-sized pieces. The flavor is salty and savory and the texture is soft with a medium-textured body.
...All purpose flour comes from wheat and though wheat is cultivated all around the world today, it was first cultivated in Turkey 10,000 years ago. All purpose flour is white in color and has a soft texture. This incredibly versatile flour is used in everything from breads, cakes, pastries, crackers, pasta, sauces and much more because of its pleasing and mild flavor that is slightly nutty and buttery. The gluten protein is what helps hold together breads and other products, part of what makes all purpose wheat flour so popular.
...Beef fat, also called beef tallow is rendered fat. It is made by cooking down the fat from the cow, either around the meat, or fat around the organs. Any impurities are removed from the fat and the result is a golden liquid that is white and firm when cooled. The smell is fairly neutral and the taste ever so slightly animal-like. It is similar to lard.
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...The peppercorn plant grows in tropical climate and produces tiny black fruit. The fruit is dried and become hard. At this point it is ground into a textured powder comprised of black and grey dots. It has a flavor that is spicy, pungent and sharp. Pepper is an extremely popular spice, especially in Western cuisines and lends a gentle heat to dishes. There are different varieties of black pepper and the flavor changes subtly because of this.
...Salt is a mineral composed mostly of sodium chloride. It is the main flavoring used in food and is naturally occurring in certain foods, such as cheese, beets, meat and celery, plus many others. Salt is white and has finer granules than sugar. Many commercial salts include iodide, while others exclude it. Most salts are white, while some are naturally pale pink with minerals. Salt brings out the flavor of something and can create a tangy mouthfeel, if used in excess.