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Classic Kreplach for Purim

We love our jewish traditions, especially if they involve comfort foods like kreplach! Besides being delicious, there is another major reason why we eat kreplach before holidays like Purim and Yom Kippur. The dumpling filling and its wrapper together represent a sort of meditation on our inner and outer selves as we approach a sacred holiday. In other words, we get to reflect on our thoughts while eating our beloved version of wonton dumplings. So, let’s get to it! Here is a classic kreplach recipe provided by our favorite chefs at Lester Senior Living.

Dough Ingredients:

  • Flour (2 ½ cups)
  • Large egg (plus 1 large egg yolk)
  • Water (½ cup)
  • Kosher salt (a pinch)

Filling Ingredients:

  • Ground meat of your choice (1 cup) we recommend ground beef for classic kreplach or ground turkey for a more health-conscious alternative
  • Small onion (sauteed)
  • Black pepper and kosher salt to taste

Cooking and Prep Time: Approx. 1 hr and 20 minutes (Possibly sooner if the dough is prepped ahead of time).

Serves: 8-10 

Kreplach Cooking Instructions:


  1. First comes dough. Grab a large bowel and combine the flour and salt. Then, add the egg, egg yolk and water. Work the ingredients into a soft dough with a wooden spoon or food processor. When done, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight if you have more time before company comes to visit. 
  2. Once the dough is ready to roll (pun intended), bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 
  3. Next, grab another bowl and mix ground meat, sauteed onion and pepper together well. 
  4. On a heavily floured surface, roll out the dough as thin as possible without it breaking. You could also roll out the dough using a pasta maker, whichever you prefer. Then, cut the dough into squares that are approximately 3 inches. 
  5. Place half a teaspoon of filling into the center of each dough square, then fold over into triangles and pinch close. Once the filling is securely closed into each dumpling, place them into boiling water. 
  6. Stir dumplings gently with a wooden spoon to keep them from sticking together and let them simmer for 20 minutes
  7. Remove the dumplings from the pot with a slotted spoon 
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Not in the mood to cook?

It’s no trouble at all! At Lester Senior Living, our culinary trained chefs love to cook for our senior residents – and their families when they come to visit. Our assisted living dining program covers three balanced meals a day that can be modified if needed to accommodate dietary restrictions, low-calorie needs and kosher preferences. If residents aren’t hungry during “normal” dining hours, they have the option for their meals to be delivered right to their apartment at a later time. Not to mention, we snack all day long! 

For more information about our senior living community in Morris County, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/