Jewish Holiday

Escalivada (Catalan Roast Vegetables)

I am in love!

I want to put these vegetables on everything! And yes, we were continuing our Spanish theme from Passover.

It was so simple. Rub on some oil, sprinkle with salt, wrap in aluminum foil, then bake. Unwrap, peel, chop and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and sherry vinegar. And, ta da! A bowl full of deliciousness!

I had made a stuffed sourdough flatbread- what a perfect base for the vegetables, and a fabulous lunch (or breakfast).

Escalivada (Catalan Roast Vegetables)

from Food 52

2 bell peppers (preferably one red and one yellow)
1 medium eggplant
1 small onion
Olive oil (about 1/2 cup or so)
Salt
Sherry vinegar
Bread, for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Wash and dry the vegetables, rub them with olive oil, sprinkle them with a few pinches of salt, and wrap them in foil. Place on a baking sheet, and roast for 2 hours.

Remove from the oven and let cool.

Peel the skins off of the eggplant and the peppers. Slice the vegetables into 1/2- to 1-inch slices.

Add a pinch of salt, drizzle generously with oil, and add a splash of sherry vinegar — start with a teaspoon or two, taste, and adjust to your liking.

Serve with bread, cheese, meat, fish, eggs, or just eat them!

Serves 4-6 as an appetizer or part of a lunch.

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Quajado

Our Spanish Passover continues…

Lauren is home, so we needed a vegetarian dinner option and opted for a Quajado, an egg, cheese and vegetable dish. For tonight, we used zucchini, feta and cheddar. The combination was simply delicious. Salty, rich and slightly sweet.

To complete the dinner we added a Spanish spinach dish with pine nuts and raisins. The combination was served on my grandmother’s beautiful depression glass plates.

Quajado

from Chabad

1 medium onion, diced

1 Tbsp olive oil

6 eggs (from Farmer Kim)

6 cups zucchini, grated and left to drain in a colander

1 cup creamy feta cheese

1 cup grated cheddar

2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Sauté the onion in the olive oil until soft.

Squeeze any excess moisture out of the grated zucchini.

Combine zucchini, onions, eggs, parsley and cheeses. Add salt and pepper to taste. Feta cheese is extremely salty so it may not need any salt at all.

Spoon into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for approximately 1 hour, until set.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Serves 8.

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Our Spanish Seder

I decided to make an all-Spanish food Seder this year.

It started with a Spanish Sephardic Charoset with hazelnuts, pistachios, marcona almonds, walnuts, dates, pears, figs and apples. This made a fabulous Hillel sandwich with my home-made maror (horseradish)

The serious eating started with saffron sofrito matzoh ball soup. This was so good, it will likely become my go-to matzo ball soup recipe from now on.

For the main course…Chicken Marbella with prunes and olives (yum!)

And Albondigas (aka Spanish meatballs). Don’t let this blah photo fool you, these were outstanding, I just forgot to take a picture of them until they were almost all eaten. How could you go wrong with pine-nuts and cumin in the meat and cinnamon & honey in the sauce?

And for dessert: an orange flavored Spanish spongecake, Almondrado (Almond-lemon macaroons), and almond cake.

It was a true feast to share with our friends. But as my mother would say, the food was great, but what I like best was the company!

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Potato and Parsnip Latkes

After several days of “let’s make latkes out of anything” including lasagna and mac and cheese, it was time for some “normal” latkes. But not quite normal; parsnips and potatoes are a great combination, so why not potato and parsnip latkes? Parsnips add a nice sweetness that added interest to the latke.

It was another reason to go grab some parsnips from my basement refrigerator! There are still 5 – 10 lbs left from my harvest.

These latkes definitely go well with applesauce.  The original recipe does include a recipe for cinnamon apple sauce, but I did not have the time, so I must admit I used pre-made. The latkes were still wonderful with them.

Potato and Parsnip Latkes

From Food Network Kitchens

1/2 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
1/2 pound parsnips, peeled (from the garden)
1/2 medium onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 large eggs (locally raised)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying

Directions

Grate the potatoes, parsnips and onion using the medium grater attachment of a food processor or the large holes of a box grater.

Squeeze the mixture by the handful over the sink to remove any excess liquid. Mix with the garlic, eggs, parsley and chives in a large bowl, then add the flour and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Shape into 12 thin patties, squeezing to remove any remaining liquid as you form each one; lay on a sheet of parchment.

Heat 1/4 inch of peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the latkes in batches until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Drain on paper towels and season with salt while hot. Serve with applesauce and enjoy!

Serves 6 – 8

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Spaghetti Squash Latkes

Spaghetti squash latkes, who would have thought? Zakah Glaser, that’s who; and I thank her for the recipe I found on Chabad.org.

I have to say that these were good the first day, but they were excellent as leftovers.  I have no idea why this was true, but that bodes well for making these in advance for a party or other gathering and then warming them up for serving.

Spaghetti Squash Latkes

Zakah Glaser on Chabad.org

1 spaghetti squash (from Highland Orchards)

1 onion, grated

2 eggs (from Highland Orchards)

1/4 oat bran

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper, to taste

Directions

Slice the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, place face up in a baking pan and bake for 1 hour at 450ºF.

Let squash cool, then scoop out squash and mix with remaining ingredients.

Coat skillet with vegetable spray or oil and drop mixture by spoonful into pan. Brown well on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

Serve and enjoy!

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Jelly Doughnut Challah for Hanukkah

I saw this recipe about 10 months ago, immediately pulled it out and set it on my Hanukkah to-do list. Last year I made the menorah shaped challah.

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But really, what say Hanukkah more than sufganyot – jelly donuts? So, what could be more perfect than a jelly doughnut challah?!

The recipe calls for strawberry jam, but this is Delaware, so I used Beach Plum jelly made by a woman I know (she makes lots of yummy jellies, but the Beach Plum is very special).

One of the things I really like about this recipe is that it uses 1/3 whole wheat flour. This gives the dough has a little substance, balancing the doughnut-i-ness of the challah.


I think this one will become an annual tradition!

Jelly Doughnut Challah for Hanukkah

very slightly adapted from Family Friends Food

165g all purpose flour (1 1/3 cups)

85g whole wheat flour (3/4 cup)

30g superfine sugar (2.5 tbsp)

Pinch or Kosher salt

30g butter (2 tbsp)

1 tbsp dry yeast (15g)

125ml warm water (1/2 cup)

3-4 tbsp strawberry jam (I used Beach Plum)

3-4 tbsp vegetable oil

For the cinnamon sugar

4 tbsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions
Using a stand mixer with the dough hook fitted, mix the flours, sugar, salt, and butter. Set aside.
Mix the yeast with the warm water and stand for 5-10 minutes until foaming. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth – about 10 minutes with the motor at a low setting.
Cover the bowl and place somewhere warm for around 45 minutes or until the dough has risen in size (about doubled). Punch down the dough and tip out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into 16 pieces.
Flatten a piece between your hands, then place about half a teaspoon of jelly onto it and gather the edges of the dough around the jam.
Pinch and squeeze the edges to seal in the jam, then roll between your hands to form a ball. Set aside and repeat with the remaining pieces of dough until you have 16 jam filled balls.
Place the vegetable oil in a shallow bowl, and mix the cinnamon sugar in another bowl. Roll each ball of dough first in the oil, and then in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Arrange the balls in an 8-inch round baking pan.
Allow the dough to rise again, for around 30 minutes, or until the balls are doubled in size and there are no gaps between them.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Bake the challah for around 25 minutes until it is risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the tin.

Pull apart, eat and enjoy!

 

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Kotlet Latkes – Persian Beef & Potato Patties turned into Latkes!

I really enjoy when I can blend my husband’s Persian foods with Jewish holidays. We found a perfect combination with Kotlets.  Kotlets are a small beef, potato and onion patty that is fried to crispy goodness. As my husband described them to me, his mom made them with potatoes that were mashed. But I have also seen them with grated potatoes.  Next time I will make the mashed potato version, but for our Hanukkah version – grated potatoes it was!

I used advieh and turmeric to get the flavor we wanted. If you do not have advieh, cinnamon is similar, but use less of it.

We ended up with enough to serve 6 – 8 people as a main dish. It was a fun way to start Hanukkah and celebrate our diverse household.

They were gobbled up before I got a good picture of a plate – but we ate them with parsnip fries, cucumber tomato salad and torshi (gardiniera).

Kotlet Latkes

1 – 1 1/4 lbs potatoes

1 large onion

1 pounds ground beef

½ tsp advieh

1 1/2 – 2 tsp turmeric

1/2 – 1 tsp Kosher salt

4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup oil, more if necessary

Directions

Peel the potatoes and boil in salted water until just tender, about 8 minutes. Allow to cool until you can easily handle them, then grate the potatoes.

Peel and grate the onion, squeeze out the excess water.

Mix all the ingredients (except the oil) together in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix them together really well.

Form the patties by take a handful of the meat mixture, about the size of a large egg, and form it into a flat oval (or egg-shaped) patty. It should be 1/3 – 1/2 inch thick. Repeat until all the meat mixture is made into patties.

Heat ¼ cup oil in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the patties on both sides, about 4 to 5 minutes on the first side, then about 3 minutes on the other side.

Drain on paper towels. Enjoy!

Serves 6 – 8.

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Teddie’s Apple Cake

I am on a search for “the” apple cake recipe. I am still not there, but this one comes close – chock full of apples, raisins and walnuts – it is delicious!

It is perfect for Hanukkah, since it is an oil-based batter. That helps give it a crisp outside with moist inside. I love that combination of textures.

I think the only change I will make to the recipe is to chunk the apples instead of leave them as thick slices. I think the cake slices may look a little neater.  But when it tastes this good, who cares!

Teddie’s Apple Cake

from Amanda Hesser 

3 cups flour1 ½ cups vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups peeled, cored and thickly sliced tart apples (from Fifer Orchards)

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup raisins

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch tube pan. Beat the oil and sugar together in a mixer (fitted with a paddle attachment) while assembling the remaining ingredients. After about 5 minutes, add the eggs and beat until the mixture is creamy.

Sift together 3 cups of flour, the salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Stir into the batter.

Add the vanilla, apples, walnuts and raisins and stir until combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in the pan before turning out.

Serve at room temperature (also great with ice cream!).

Serves 8-10

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Sukkot Lulav Challah

My cousin shared a picture of an amazing challah with me, a challah for Sukkot shaped like a lulav and etrog. I took one look and knew I had to try to do it. And I honestly can’t believe how beautiful it turned out!

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For this much shaping, I used a heavier dough.  Too stiff for the standing mixer, so I mixed it in the food processor.

For this post though, I will focus on how to shape the challah, rather than on the particular dough recipe.  You can use whatever challah recipe you want for this.

How to Shape a Lulav Challah

1. Make a dough that is enough for two 1 lb. challahs.

2. Use 1/3 dough, cover the rest with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out. Divide the piece into 3 and roll each into a long strand.  Braid it into a tight 3 strand braid.  This will be the main part of the lulav. Place it on a parchment covered baking sheet.

3. Use half of the remaining dough, divide it into 4 balls, with one ball a bit larger than the others.  The large ball will serve as the base of the lulav, so elongate it a little.

4. Shape 2 of the balls into ovoids.  They will go on either side of the braid.  Prick them with a fork to texturize.

5. Shape the last ball into the etrog – a lemon shape with a small stem on the top.

6. With the remaining dough:

– roll out small strands to create the weaving over the base of the lulav.

– Roll out 2 medium-lengths strands, twist them together  and lay them across the top of the base and the bottom of the braid.

– Roll out very thin strands for the branches and tiny balls and ovals for the leaves. These will come out of the tip of the fork-pricked ovoids.

7. Let the dough rise again for another hour or so. Heat oven to 325F

8. Brush with egg wash (beaten egg).

9. Bake for 15 minutes, check how the dough is browning, if it is browning too much, tent the small pieces with foil. Bake for another 15 – 25 minutes, checking after each 10 minutes.

10. Cool on a wire rack.

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Enjoy!!

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Honey Date Cake

We had a delicious honey date cake for dessert during Rosh Hashanah.  I usually don’t like honey cakes, but I actually made a big mistake while making the cake and added twice the honey than I was supposed to.  I made other adjustments to the recipe to counteract the extra honey and the cake was honestly the best honey cake I have ever had.  And it was definitely honey-forward!

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I did not expect this to be very good, so I did not take photos.  But this was good enough that I want to share it with you anyway.  At least we have a picture of the finished product.

Honey Date Cake

Slightly adapted from Date Honey Nut Cake by Tori Avey

 

3/4 cup (6 oz) whole pitted dates

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of nutmeg

3/4 cup canola oil 

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

2 eggs (from Farmer Kim)

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nonstick cooking spray

Directions

 

Preheat oven to 325F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.

Place the dates in a bowl and cover them with very hot water. Let the dates soak while you prepare the cake batter.

 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, brown sugar, honey, eggs, and vanilla.

 

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir till a thick batter forms.

 

Drain the water from the dates and chop them into small chunks. Fold the walnuts and date chunks into the batter. Pour the batter into loaf pan.

 

Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and set on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

Makes 1 loaf-sized cake, serves 8.

 

 

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