Category: Main courses

Appetizers, Easy, Israeli food, Main courses

Moshe B’Tayva: The Israeli Version of Pigs in Blankets

moshe b'tayva (pigs in blankets)

In Israel, those wonderful dough-wrapped frankfurters are called “Moshe B’Tayva,” or loosely: “Moses in the Basket.” You wouldn’t expect Jews to name a dish after pigs, now would you?? But essentially, these treats are as well beloved and easy to make, as they are in America. After all, “A rose by any other name would …

Ashkenazi, Easy, Main courses, Passover

Leftover Passover Matzoh? Make Matzoh Brie

Skillet of fried matzoh (matzoh brie)

Passover is over, but if you’re like most people, you’ve got leftover matzoh. What to do? Make matzoh brie! It’s easy enough to make and it’s deliciously rib-sticking good. While most people make a sweet version of matzoh brie—or “fried matzee” as we called it growing up—topping the mixture with cinnamon sugar, Jews of Lithuanian …

Main courses, Sephardi

Recipe: Balles of Italie

Balles of Italie

If you’ve got all the kids home with you, say during the corona global pandemic, you want food to please even the pickiest eater, preferably something cooked in one pot. This gem of a recipe has its origins in the ancient Sephardic Jewish community of Italy. Even though the allspice sounds exotic, the dish absolutely …

Main courses, Parve

Black Beans and Rice

black beans and rice with avocado in a burrito

This lunch dish is a complete protein even without the cheese, and it’s so flavorful you won’t miss the meat. For fans of Mexican food, and in particular for vegetarians, this South of the Border-inspired meal-in-a-pot is comfort food at its best. Younger diners like to roll this into tortillas, using the grated cheese as …

Easy, Main courses

Recipe: Salami and Eggs

plate of salami and eggs

Sometimes, you want something hot and filling without any fuss or fancy ingredients. And sometimes pasta or potatoes just don’t cut it and we want meat. Since most of us have salami and eggs in our refrigerators, this American Jewish dish has become a staple for quick, weeknight suppers. Anyone can make it, including people …

LCHF, Main courses

Recipe: Low Carb Chili Con Carne with Kohlrabi “Beans”

Chili

This awesome chili was concocted while observing a low carb high fat diet, but having developed a fierce hankering for a bowl of chili. Beans are high in carbohydrates, but we had two kohlrabi bulbs sitting in the fridge, waiting for me to become inspired. I peeled and chopped the kohlrabi, threw it into the …

Chanuka, Main courses

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Red Wine Reduction: The Right Sort of Roast for Chanukah

braised beef short ribs with mashed potatoes

Everyone knows about having latkes for Chanukah, how these potato pancakes symbolize the miracle of the oil lasting for 8 days, just long enough to get some more of the right kind of oil to rededicate the Temple in Jerusalem. But there is a further custom among many to eat fatty meat for the same …

Main courses, Parve

Recipe: Swiss Potato Pancake (Rösti)

Rosti

With the cold comes that natural instinct to bulk up on heartier food, which somehow seems more warming. In our home, sometimes nothing else seems to hit the spot quite so well as the Swiss potato pancake known as Rösti. It’s basically a large, skillet-sized potato pancake with a texture and taste similar to hash …