Leek is karsi - related to the word karet, hich means destroy. By eating leeks, we are asking that our enemies be cut off from us.
I have seen many variations on ways to make leek for the brachot on Rosh Hashanah. My mother-in-law simply adds it to the chicken soup for flavoring and then removes it to serve with the brachot. I like these make a head patties, because they are small, vegetarian, and easy for one person to eat enough for the prayer. they can also be made for lunches and served in warm pita bread with sliced vegetables, like cucumbers or tomatoes or Israeli salad.
Mini Leek Patties
- 1bunches of Leek
- 3 TBS oil
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 eggs
- 2 TBS matzo meal
- 1 TBS salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 3 TBS freshly chopped parsley
- Oil for frying
- Cut off ends of leek and peel off hard outer shell. Slice the long way to quarter the leek and then slice. Soak and clean leek in cold water.
- Heat oil in saucepan and sauté onion. Add chopped leek in a pot and continue sauteing for five minutes.
- Cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Pour into colander to drain and cool.
- Squeeze out all excess water (by taking handfuls at a time).
- In a bowl add: leeks, eggs, matza meal, salt and pepper. Mix together.
- In skillet, heat oil. Drop by spoonfuls in hot oil to fry and brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
- Can be frozen at this point. Serve warm