Helzel

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Helzel is an Ashkenazi Jewish dish. It is a sort of sausage made from chicken neck skin stuffed with flour, schmaltz, internal meats (chopped heart, gizzard, liver), and fried onions and sewn up with a thread. Sometimes the stuffing is flavored with garlic and black pepper. Helzel may be cooked in chicken soup or used as an ingredient in cholent. Because of its sausage shape and the flour-based stuffing, helzel is sometimes called "false" kishke.

The Ashkenazi helzel recalls to mind the tebit, the cholent equivalent of Iraqi Jews, which includes a whole chicken skin filled with a mixture of rice, chopped chicken meats, and herbs.

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