Hanukkah, the eight day Festival of Lights begins at sundown on December 16th. Whether you are Jewish or not, it’s always fun to learn about the customs and traditions of other religions. The Kashrut is the body of Jewish law that outlines which foods can and cannot be eaten as well as how they should be prepared. Expand your recipe rolodex with these great Kosher dishes for the holidays or anytime!
Let me first start by saying there is no ‘Kosher’ cuisine. Any type of food can be Kosher as long as it is prepared correctly. One of the biggest restrictions when keeping Kosher is not mixing meats and cheeses. All pork products are forbidden as well as shellfish and certain cuts of other animals. If you’d like to learn more about the specifics of Kosher cooking, check out this intro to Kosher cooking blog.
Delicious Kosher Dishes
It may be the dead of winter, but that doesn’t mean your food also has to be dark and cold. Brighten your dinner table with this simple Israeli Couscous Salad, a summerly mix that will transport you back to the dog days of summer. Couscous is extremely healthy and this salad will leave you feeling full and refreshed.
Falafel is a great kosher choice because falafel is made of chickpeas, not meat which means you can pour on the feta cheese. There is nothing more delicious than fresh pita topped with hot falafel and tahini sauce.
For a healthier take on a Jewish classic, why not try out zucchini potato latkes. These latkes are still mostly potato based but the addition of zucchini gives it an extra crunch and zest of flavor. A light amount of oil should be sufficient to get these latkes nice and crunchy, which is much healthier than throwing them into the frier.
Rich and nutty, baklava cake is sure to hit the spot after a delicious meal or maybe a sweet afternoon snack. Mix up the traditional selection of cookies and brownies with baklava. For the boldest flavor, soak your baklava cake over night in honey and serve cold the next day.
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