Have you ever wondered what would happen if hipster organic met bubbe’s cooking? Well, someone did — and they shared it on Pinterest.
In the last couple of years, Jewish cookbooks (or rather, hastily scrawled index cards) have been dusted off and made-over. Celebrity chefs have taken up traditional food and given it a twist. This phenomenon isn’t restricted to the Jewish world — How many different takes on mac ‘n’ cheese have you seen in restaurants lately?
This slightly nostalgic, back to our roots with style, Martha Stewart-envy attitude is the basis of every Pinterest board out there. The DIY social media guru takes ordinary, cluttered, non-glitter-full lives and gives them new meaning. After 10 (OK, 20) minutes on the site, you find yourself thinking things like: How did I ever live without an adorable lamp hand-carved out of elk antlers? What was I thinking making any pancake that wasn’t artfully heart-shaped?
So, to add to the discussion, we thought we would let Pinterest have its say. Behold, the top 10 wacky, scrumptious, and slightly frightening Pinterest takes on Jewish food:
10) Cauliflower-leek kugel with almond herb crust: A variation on the classic that won’t leave you feeling like there’s a noodle-flavored rock in your stomach.
9) Matzo pizza: Granted, this is no Pinterest invention, but the carefully placed kalamata olives almost warrant that we keep on making this once we’re allowed to eat pizza dough.
8) Matzo-pizza lasagna: And just to push it one step further, Rachel Ray came up with this slightly worrisome dish.
7) Quinoa cholent: This was originally designed as a Passover alternative for regular cholent. But with the rise of quinoa as the gluten-free, high-protein grain of choice, this could be the Shabbat dish of the future for health-nut moms.
6) Apple pie and brownie hamantaschen: A welcome take on the traditional Purim treat. Come on, who wouldn’t pick brownie over prunes?
5) Sephardi haroset truffles: Unlike the Ashkenazi equivalent, Sephardic haroset is made with dried fruit and nuts. Here it’s rolled into small truffles and dressed in cinnamon.
4) Cilantro-jalapeno latkes with chipotle sour cream: These crispy wonders are worthy of year-round, non-Hanukkah brunch. Pair with homemade guacamole, corn chips, and a pitcher of sangria for a wholly un-Jewish take on the potato pancake.
3) Bagel and lox cupcake: This is not as gross as it sounds. The “bagel” is actually a mini-donut, cut in half and filled with — you guessed it — cream cheese frosting. Add a slice of orange fruit chew lox and green licorice scallions, arrange on top of a lemon poppy-seed cupcake, and you’re all set.
2) Nectarine and blueberry challah bread pudding: Challah is surprisingly handy for bread pudding. It has a similar consistency to brioche, which makes the pudding light and fluffy. The tangy and sweet combination of nectarine and blueberry make this a perfect brunch fixture — and the colors are ideal for an “early bird” Instagram glow.
1) Matzo-ball soup soap: Yes, you read right. Soap. Shaped like a matzo ball. Flavored with herbs. And guess what? It smells just like the real thing.