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5 Ideas For The Perfect Shabbat Meal

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As every member of the Jewish faith is aware, Friday night is the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath, commencing on Friday evening and carrying on until sunset on Saturday. 

Typically, before the family sits down, the head of the household recites a blessing and lights a couple of candles, with more blessings then recited over the first cup of wine. The family then sits down to eat a specially prepared meal, typically including challah, soup, a type of meat and a dessert. 

As mentioned before, you’re probably more than aware of this ritual. In fact, the reason you’ve clicked on this article, perhaps, is because you are too aware. Perhaps the Shabbat has become a bit too traditional in your eyes, and you want something to spice up your Shabbat meals? 

This often becomes the case for a number of Jewish households, especially for people who would like to be a bit more adventurous in their cooking. Luckily for you, there are a number of different recipes that stay true to the traditions of Shabbat while also adding something new to your tabletop:

Moroccan Salmon

Do you want to spice things up? You can’t do much better than Moroccan salmon – which was one of the most popular Shabbat recipes of 2021. It’s pretty easy too. Among the ingredients are salmon fillets, honey, and spice mix, as well as some couscous and chicken stock. If done right, it could be your next favourite Shabbat meal.

Miami Ribs

Everyone loves ribs, and one of the simplest – and most delicious – to prepare is known as “Miami ribs”. All you need for this is some beef short ribs – sliced into thin strips by the butcher – and a sweet honey-soy sauce that is brushed along the top and allowed to soak in during the cooking process.

Glazed Corned Beef

But what if you want something a little more professional?  Your dinner table is, hopefully, already looking the part, with a pretty table runner, unique salt and pepper shakers, and candles that elevate that luxury atmosphere; why not elevate that restaurant feeling even more with the food? Well, glazed corned beef can be a great way to do this. It’s all in the cooking, however. You need to have this in the oven for around seven hours before serving, so get it in early and wait for the sweet aroma to fill up your household, getting all the tongues wagging before serving time. 

Vegetable Kishka

Something a bit more quirky to add to the dinner table is the vegetable kishka – a traditional Jewish Ashkenazi stuffing – that is made of matzo meal, schmaltz, spices and flour. It’s a simple dish – or an accompaniment to a dish – but it is undeniably delicious.

Kokosh Cake

Let’s finish up with the dessert! One of the most popular Shabbat desserts of the last few years is probably the kokosh cake, which is a traditional pastry for Hungarian Jews. It includes eight fillings, including walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, chocolate and more chocolate! Just be warned, when your family tastes this for the first time, they’ll want it for dessert every Friday. If you choose this one, be prepared to be doing a lot of baking in the future!

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