Passover Pogos!

16 Apr

I love Pogos or Corn Dogs! What’s better than a hot dog impaled on a stick, wrapped in a thick layer of cornmeal batter, deep fried and then smothered in yellow mustard! My favourite part is the little bit of extra batter that’s really crispy, right where the stick and hot dog meet. The other day a friend from floor hockey invited me over for Passover Pogos, with the mention of Pogo I couldn’t say no!

Up until recently I didn’t know a lot about Passover, so for those of you who don’t know what it is either here’s a short description. In the Bible, there is a section entitled Exodus, this section describes how God helped the Israelites escape slavery in Egypt. To do this God released ten plagues on the Egyptians, the last plague was death of Egyptian first-borns. To escape the plague, the Israelites were instructed to mark the doorstep of their homes with lamb’s blood. This would let the spirit of the Lord know to pass over the first-born in these homes, hence the name Passover. When the Pharaoh freed the Israelites, they fled the country in a hurry and didn’t have time to wait for their bread to rise. To commemorate their escape, no leavened bread is eaten during Passover (anything with yeast, i.e. bread, beer, yogurt, etc.).


To celebrate Passover my friend makes Passover Pogos. These are kosher hot dogs wrapped in matazh, which is made solely of flour and water and is continually worked so that it isn’t allowed to rise. When we got to my friend’s house we found out we got to help make the Pogos. Step one is to cook the kosher hotdogs and make the matazh. Next we oiled up our hands and formed the matazh around, they then went into the oven to bake. Once they are done, you need to let them cool a bit and then you can enjoy! We weren’t just chowing down on Passover Pogos, there was a ton of other food! One of my favourites was a chocolate sweet potato pie – I am still waiting to get the recipe for this one! It was honestly one of the tastiest pies I’ve ever had. There was also salad, chips, macaroons, rice crispy squares and matazh covered in chocolate. The matazh covered in chocolate was delicious, it tasted just like a skor bar! Needless to say I left that night crazy full of very good food. Thanks to all my Passover peeps for a great first Passover pogos experience. Can’t wait for next year!



Sweet potato pie! So good!

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