Hezel #lithuania


One of my Bubbe's (>from Rokiskis) best dishes was hezel. Everyone loved it.It was basically the skin of the turkey neck that was stuffed, sewn
together and baked.

Was this a familiar dish to others whose families were >from Lithuania?

Scott Noar

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Some subscribers may be familiar with the dish as "helzel".

Marjorie Rosenfeld <marjorierosenfeld@...>

Scott Noar asks whether "hezel" was a familiar dish to others whose families were >from Lithuania.

Yes, indeed, but we called it "helzel." It's like stuffed derma--flour,
onions, chicken fat, paprika, salt and pepper--but all this stuffed and
sewn up in the skin >from a chicken neck rather than stuffed into tripe (beef intestines). My mother, both of whose parents were Litvaks, used to make and roast this along with the rest of the chicken. I thought it was quite tasty.

Marjorie Rosenfeld
Carlsbad, CA

Bronstein Family <sygaa@...>

Our helzel was boiled in the Friday night chicken soup and not baked. I
recall that my mother and grandmother would give the shohet special
instructions if they were planning on making helzel as he was the one who
cut up the kosher chickens. The shohet worked at an Italian chicken market
on 9th Street in South Philadelphia and would shecht for the Jewish
clientele. The fee was 25 cents for a chicken and 50 cents for a turkey.
This was in the 1950s.

Shalom Bronstein, Jerusalem