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Sep 27, 2010 10:08 PM

Kosher Tortellini

Why is it so hard to find? Any thoughts on a better option than the New York Pasta Authority? Any ready boil other than the frozen variety?

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  1. I buy the frozen bag- I believe the brand is Yoni's. Kosher buyer in Fairway once told me that the Yoni's brand is the same as the non-kosher John's brand, but they do a kosher run every so often.

    I pretty much only use the tortellinis in soup, so frozen works out pretty well.

    1. I have a few bags of Gezunt Gormet in my freezer now. They are tri coloured cheese ones and we like them alot. I often boil them up and toss with faux crab, a bit of butter and parsley flakes. It is a huge hit here. I used to be able to find a dry onion filled version. They were fabulous and parve. Sadly i have not seen them in years. i forget the brand, but I do know they came from israel.

      1. In the early-mid 90's the kosher market was flooded with israeli dried soy filled tortellini----then they disappeared-i still miss them since they were an inexpensive option for yom kippur,hashanah rabah and purim.

        7 Replies
        1. re: joebenjamin

          Are tortellini traditional for those holidays?

          1. re: queenscook

            stuffed foods are traditional for the chagim, especially sukkos...don't know about purim.

            1. re: KosherVeg

              Purim definitely has stuffed things, a la hamentaschen.

              1. re: DeisCane

                But why? What's the symbolism? The symbolism of hamantashen is the 3-cornered hat, not the fact that it's stuffed; that's merely coincidental, I think. Just curious.

                1. re: queenscook

                  I can't point to a source, but I recall from my childhood that we serve stuffed foods on chagim to represent abundance (shefa). Abundance of harvest, miracles, good fortune etc. Perhaps someone out there knows the exact source. I was also taught that Hamentaschen are traditionally stuffed with fruits or seeds to represent the foods Esther ate, so I think the fact that they are stuffed is significant, but perhaps not for the same reason as the other chagim. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Sephardim and/or Persians eat a stuffed challah for the Purim seudah as well.

                  1. re: mamaleh

                    I found an interesting link between tortellini and Purim today. Kreplach, which some people eat at the Purim seudah are meant to look like Haman's hat, just like the hamentaschen. Like tortellini, it is believed that kreplach originated in Italy. The Israeli veggie kreplach that I used to buy (I think they were made by Yarden) did indeed have a strong resemblance to tortellini.

          2. re: joebenjamin

            There's a bissari (meat version) type called "Gourmet Beef Ravioli" if I remember correctly, it may be a "meal"