Posts Tagged: Rosh Hashanah 2016 Results 19
The custom of dipping apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah is so well-established as a symbol of our hopes for a sweet New Year that no matter how we celebrate the holiday this year, whatever foods we serve on this festive occasion, apples are sure to be featured.
Everybody likes the idea of honey cake for Rosh Hashanah. I have a recipe from my great grandmother that fills me with nostalgic fondness, and several friends have sent me similar recipes from their own, mostly Russian-Jewish families. I have tried at least six honey cake recipes over the years, and everyone agrees that it’s a lovely idea for a way to start the New Year.
To watch us make these two timeless Rosh Hashanah delicacies, click here.
Tzimmes is a sweet Ashkenazi stew in which the ingredients vary depending on family origin and tradition. The dish is often eaten during the Jewish High Holidays to symbolically usher in a sweet new year. This sweet-and-savory chicken tzimmes is an easy dish with a built-in side. The juices of the chicken enhance the flavors of the carrots and prunes. It’s filling when paired with rice or kasha, and it’s colorful and complex enough to serve for the holidays. — Liz Alpern, co-author of “The Gefilte Manifesto.”
Kugel comes in many forms, not just noodles. Liz and I both love savory vegetable kugels, and this cauliflower-mushroom version is lighter and more refined than the ever-popular potato kugel. If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where foraged mushrooms are accessible, get the best you can find. They will only enhance the dish. In Seattle, we made this dish with hedgehog and black trumpet mushrooms foraged from a nearby forest, and it was the best version of this kugel we’ve ever created. Be aware that this kugel has a delicate consistency and serves more like an Italian sformato (vegetable souffle) than the dense kugels you might be used to. Normally we like to make this dish in ramekins and serve it in individual portions, for an elegant look and feel. In Seattle, we found squat 8-ounce mason jars and baked individual kugels in those, but baking in a 9-inch square glass baking dish works well, too—just let the kugel cool slightly before slicing or scooping into individual portions. For Passover, you can swap out the bread crumbs for matzo meal. If you’re making it a dairy kugel, you can use butter and sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese. Serve individual portions topped with crispy fried shallots and garnished with fresh parsley. — Jeffrey Yoskowitz, co-author of “The Gefilte Manifesto”