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Try these 3 Shabbat Recipes That are Great for Every Guest

These recipes to welcome the Jewish day of rest are made for sharing and perfect for Friday dinners

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By Kimberley Schoeman  | September 15, 2023 | Recipes

For the weekly Jewish day of rest — or Shabbat as it is called in Hebrew — we have rounded up some of our favourite recipes for this Friday night dinner where families transition from busy weeks to spiritually-observed weekends. Typically, Shabbat dinners include Challah [bread], fish, soup, meat cooked in advance, and dessert. Shabbat is also a day where Jewish families reserve special dishes to share with each other. For instance, if you find a special fruit or vegetable at the supermarket or a unique recipe, these are often saved for Shabbat. This can be traced back to a time when money was scarce and food other than black bread was hard to find, leading families to save all week to be able to buy fish for Shabbat.

Juicy One Pot Chicken For the Win

Of course matzo ball chicken soup is often served at Sabbath dinners, meat is also a staple for the table. Many Shabbat meat dishes are cooked in advance and not everyone has the time to prepare meat ahead of time every week. But baked chicken, roasted brisket, and slow-cooked meat dishes are typically good classic choices. This one pot chicken strikes the right balance of tradition and time.

@homecooksworld One-Pot Chicken for Shabbat Dinner 🔥 Credit: @oshritavergil #onepotchicken #shabbatdinner #chickenrecipesfordinner #homecooksil #shabbat ♬ original sound - Home Cooks World

Add a side of vegetables with Zucchini Kugel

Kugel is a favourite side dish that resembles a baked casserole and can be savoury or sweet. As a traditional dish in Ashkenazi Jewish cooking, it is also versatile and can be made using noodles or potatoes, cheese, fruits or vegetables.

@therealmelindastrauss Replying to @heatherjames712 when people think of kugel, which is yiddish for casserole, they usually think of sweet noodle or potato kugel but there sre so many different kinds! I’ve shared broccoli, cranberry, zucchini, butternut squash…I think I’m going to need to write up a post on my site with all my kugel recipes! #kugel #jewishtiktok #jewishfood #easyrecipe #zuchinnirecipes #tiktokrecipe ♬ original sound - Melinda Strauss ✡️

Top your golden Challah with everything-but-the-bagel seasoning

Challah is served and blessed during every Shabbat. This sweat and savoury braided bread can be topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds, but adding some ‘everything-but-the-bagel’ seasoning adds a great flavour.

@therealmelindastrauss This challah recipe is my new FAVE! Anyone can make challah, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy it ❤️ SWEET AND FLUFFY CHALLAH 4 1/2 tsp yeast 1 tsp sugar 2 cups warm water - 2 eggs 1/2 cup oil 1 cup sugar 6 cups flour (all-purpose or bread flour) 1 tsp salt - 1 egg, whisked (for egg wash) splash of water Combine the yeast, 1 tsp sugar and warm water in a large mixing bowl. Set aside for 5-10 minutes for the yeast to activate. The top will be frothy when it’s ready. Add the eggs, oil, and sugar and whisk together. Then add the flour and salt and mix until combined. Knead the dough for 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a towel and set aside to rise for 1 1/2 hours. Transfer the risen dough to the counter, cut into pieces and braid. Transfer braided dough to parchment lined baking sheets, cover with a towel, and set aside to rise 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350f Mix an egg with a splash of water. Brush on the dough, sprinkle with any toppings you want, and bake 20-30 minutes. #challahdough #challahrecipe #jewishfood #jewishtiktok #breadtok ♬ original sound - Melinda Strauss ✡️