Cooking Ahead: A Complete Break Fast Menu
After a day of atoning and fasting, the last thing any of us want to do is walk into our kitchen, fire up the stove and start cooking a meal that won’t be ready for a few hours. The key to preparing a lovely and delicious break fast, whether it’s for your family or a large group, is to cook dishes that store well and to reheat or finish them at the last moment. We’ve outlined a complete meal here. If you have family traditions for break fast, consider incorporating a dish or two from this menu to try something new.
While baking challah in advance isn’t the ideal situation, these two recipes call for apples or apple cider, which gives the challah a bit of extra moisture to help it stay fresh a day after it’s baked.
If you’re not acquainted with the Israeli dish Shakshuka, allow me to introduce you to one of our favorite egg dishes. Shakshuka involves a skillet of vegetables, typically cooked in a tomato sauce, topped with eggs. What is already a simple dish, is made even easier at the end of the fast, by preparing the veggies in advance. All you have to do is top the skillet with eggs and pop it in the oven or cook it on the stove for a short while.
Kugel, Tzimmes and Hot Veggie Dishes
Kugels and tzimmes — and casseroles in general — are great foods to prepare ahead of time. They store perfectly well and won’t be harmed by a night or two in the fridge. For something a bit less traditional, try ratatouille, which is actually better a day after it is prepared as the time allows the flavors to meld.
If you come home between services on Wednesday, take these dishes out of the fridge so they will be room temperature by the end of the day and will heat up quickly in the oven. If you have an oven timer, consider setting it to a low heat to start warming the dishes on your way home from synagogue.
Salads and Cold Veggies
While many break fast meals seem to overlook salad, I always make sure it finds a place on my table. After fasting, it’s important to revive your body with nutrients. Kale, unlike more delicate leafy greens, holds particularly well over a day or two. Prepare the elements of these salads before Yom Kippur starts and store them separately. Right before dinner, combine the ingredients and toss with dressing.
Another way to incorporate vegetables into your break fast meal is with Mezze, which are wonderful at room temperature and can always be prepared ahead of time. Like the other dishes, I recommend taking these out of the refrigerator if you come home in the afternoon. Simply leave them on your table covered with saran wrap. They are a perfect thing to have out to snack on when you return home at the end of the day.
When planning a dessert in advance, keep in mind that you’ll want an something moist so that it doesn’t dry out while you are fasting. These three cakes are delicious options.