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Sep 4, 2008 07:06 AM

dinner impossible - seder episode

anyone watch the dinner impossible episode on food network last night? he had to cook a seder meal with no pork, dairy etc. It was quite entertaining

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  1. That's *Dinner* Impossible.

    If you missed it, it will be repeated on Saturday (oy!) 13-Sep, at 3pm, and again on Sunday 14-Sep at 11pm, and Monday 15-Sep at 2am (all EDT)

    1. my wife and I watched it, smoked salmon kugel, yuck

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      1. re: berel

        yea, the lox on top of the kugel didn't look good, but those gefilte fish cakes looked outrageous, if i thought they wouldnt make me immediately gain 60 lbs I'd be making them right now

        1. re: shoelace

          I liked the idea of fried cakes too, but the Mrs is anti-fry

          1. re: berel

            heh, the mrs is right. I'm trying to get someone else to try making them, so i can taste them

            i cant try making them myself, bc once i know theyre relatively easy, ill be making em every week

            oddly, it's the only recipe not listed on the website

            1. re: shoelace

              it's normal to fry gefilte fish in the UK, trust me you would never eat the boiled stuff again.

              1. re: smartie

                oh man, dont tell me that, i need someone to tell me that it's gross so the temptation to try it goes away

                1. re: shoelace

                  nope sorry, they are the best with really fiery chrein. And very easy to make only problem is they stink out the house for days after cooking.

                  All the Kosher and Jewish type delis sell good fried gefilte fish in the UK.

      2. Not to rain on any parade, but here's the recipe for the brisket -

        Note the anchovy fillets in the brisket. What was the backstory behind this episode?

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        1. re: craigcep

          If I had to guess, I'd say that the backstory was that the rabbi didn't mention to not mix fish with meat, bc it's not something that kosher cooks would ever think anyone would do

          I didn't think the brisket looked good regardless, the color or the meat didn't look right

          1. re: shoelace

            I can't help but notice that when Robert Irvine was the star of the show, you could count on anywhere from 10 to often more than 20 recipes per show. With Michael Symon, 3 seems to be the best we can expect.

            1. re: shoelace

              Park Synagogue ( is a Conservative shul, and I don't think they believe in keeping fish and meat separate. If it had been an Orthodox shul this would have been a problem.

          2. I haven't seen the episode, but it seems from the comments that the chef was stuck in the same old gefilte fish/kugel/brisket/tzimmes idea of kosher food, which frustrates me. When will people realize that there's much more to kosher than a subset of Foods of Poland, Circa 1910?

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            1. re: GilaB

              I think he had to follow what the congregants wanted. Thinking about it, I really did not expect innovative recipes since he did not know very much about kosher to begin with and even less about kosher for passover (the coconut incident)

              1. re: koshergourmetmart

                At the risk of spoiling the episode, what was the coconut incident?

                1. re: craigcep

                  he decided to make macaroons. He bought OU certified shredded coconut but was not kosher for passover. He could not use it or even bring it into the shul. He made a zabaglione with fruit instead that went over well

                  1. re: koshergourmetmart

                    I didn't get why he had to do the shopping himself. Why couldn't he send someone Jewish who knew the rules, with a list of what he wanted? If the shop had no KLP shredded coconut, maybe they could have found a whole coconut or two and shredded it themselves.

                    1. re: zsero

                      That's always part of the show- either they have to send out one of their helpers or they do it themselves. It's part of the "we're pulling people out when you really need them to cook" section of the show.

                    2. re: koshergourmetmart

                      I wonder if the shredded coconut is one of the items that the O-U lists in it's Pesach guide as not requiring the P on the label. looks like last years pdf is already off the O-U site

                      1. re: berel


                        there's the list, I don't see it listed in the white or the gray pages

                2. re: GilaB

                  After spending enough time on this board I think he knew his target audience well.

                3. I enjoyed watching Irvine's dinner impossible. This new guy didn't quite cut it... Kosher or no Kosher... My wife and I (quite kosher foodies), can do a much better kosher for Pesach episode... Seriously... Actually my Chabad Rebetzin with all the Chabadnik Mischugas about Pesach, puts together a more creative meal with more variety... (and chabbadniks go truly mischugane during Pesach)

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