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Monday, January 23, 2017

Abeles & Heymann and koshermoms.com got together to share some fun and delicious ideas for Chanukah this year. You can substitute regular Abeles & Heymann hot dogs with uncured hot dogs or their low-fat and low-sodium varieties. Here’s the edible menorah recipe for you to file away for next year. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages Abeles & Heymann franks*
  • 1 package/roll of frozen puff pastry dough
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Sesame seeds for topping
  • Ketchup/spicy brown mustard for flames
  • Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

Directions:

Let the dough thaw slightly on the counter or in a microwave on its recommended setting, just enough to loosen the dough from the plastic backing. Cut eight franks in half as your candles. Use another five uncut franks for the base, shamash and “arms” of the menorah. (It’s highly recommended to prepare some extra, especially if there are hungry children nearby—or perhaps impatient cooks—who may want to eat the menorah before presentation time.) With a clean, non-serrated knife, slice thin strips (I went with ½-inch strips) of the dough. My roll of puff pastry was about 10 inches wide, and a ½-inch x 10-inch strip was enough to wind around one uncut frank. The shorter “candle” franks used a strip measuring about ½-inch x 5 inches.

Take your puff pastry strips and wind them at an angle around the franks, and set them down on the parchment paper so that the loose ends are underneath. This helps keep the dough in place while baking. Repeat this process until you have all eight “candles” made and all five “support” franks neatly wound in dough.

Assemble your menorah as shown in the photo, or in whatever Chanukah-style design you like best!

Brush your project with the slightly beaten egg. Sprinkle sesame seeds along the top (or a mixture of sesame, poppy or minced onion for an “everything bagel”-style topping).

Place in preheated 400° oven for about 15 minutes or until the puff pastry is dark golden brown.

Using ketchup or your favorite mustard, squeeze droplets onto the parchment paper where your flames should be. Using a toothpick, drag a bit of the ketchup or mustard into an upward-pointing flame shape.

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*Abeles & Heymann products are gluten-free and certified glatt kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU), Kehillah Kashrus and Rabbi Yechiel Babad. For additional information about Abeles & Heymann, or to use their retailer locator, go to: www.abeles-heymann.com. Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abeles.heymann/, and follow them on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/abelesheymann.