Roasted Dates with Pastrami, Almonds, and Spices

Serves 6

This date recipe is great as a side dish for the simanim. It’s really interesting combination of flavors. The roasting of the dates creates a sweeter taste and wonderful texture.

2 cups pitted dates
3 ounces pastrami, finely diced (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon unsalted margarine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1/4 lemon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the dates on a small rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven until heated through, about 15 minutes.

In a medium saute pan over medium heat, cook the pastrami for 3 minutes until warm. Add the almonds and continue cooking until they brown, a few minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or so. Add the red pepper flakes and stock and bring to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the margarine, stirring continuously until the margarine is melted. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley.

Add the dates to the pan and swirl and toss them in the sauce. Divide the cooked dates among 4 to 6 plates and spoon the sauce over them.

Winter Squash with Caramelized Onions

By Chef Joan Nathan for GKC

Serves 8
2 pounds butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup slivered almonds
2 pounds onions, peeled and sliced thinly in rounds
Salt to taste
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 teaspoons plus 1-tablespoon sugar
1-teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup raisins
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the squash, cut side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Add ¼ cup water, cover with aluminum foil, and bake until the squash is very soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, and once it’s cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp into a large bowl.

Heat the oil in a large skillet, toss in the almonds, and cook until golden. With a slotted spoon, remove to a plate, and set aside. Sauté the onions in the same pan over medium heat until translucent. Then add salt to taste, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, 2 teaspoons of the sugar, the cinnamon, and the raisins, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for about 30 more minutes, or until the onions are caramelized.

Gently fold the onions into the squash. Season with pepper and more salt, if necessary, and sprinkle with the remaining parsley, the almonds, and if you wish, the extra tablespoon of sugar. Serve immediately, or make ahead and reheat.

Rosh Hashanah Chicken with Cinnamon and Apples

By Joan Nathan

Serves 6
1 4-pound roasting chicken
Salt and pepper to taste
1-teaspoon cinnamon
1 onion, peeled and cut into chunks
1-cup chicken broth
1 1/3 cups white wine
3 apples, cored and cut horizontally into 4 pieces (Fuji apples and granny smith apples)
2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Season the chicken with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and ½ teaspoon of the cinnamon. Put in a roasting pan with the onion. Pour the chicken broth and wine over the chicken, and roast in the oven for 45 minutes.

After the chicken has been cooking for 45 minutes, surround it with apples sprinkled with the remaining cinnamon and the sugar. Baste with the wine and roast for about 45 more minutes or until the apples are very soft and the chicken is cooked.

Apple Cranberry Strudel


By Pastry Chef Ehud Ezra, Basil Restaurant.

The New Year can be a very busy time of year, with a lot of cooking. This recipe doesn’t take long and doesn’t require a mixer! The outcome is a modern take on traditional strudel. The strudel will amaze your guests with its rustic look and delicious flavor.

Serves 10-12

Ingredients:
8-9 (5 ¼ lbs.) medium apples; a mix of gala, granny smith, and crispy pink; or any mix you can find
1 ½ cups frozen cranberries
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup corn starch
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon ginger
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
½ stick of margarine
20 sheets of phyllo dough, 2 sheets for each serving. (Standard Phyllo dough sheets comes in about 24 sheets.)

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Peel and core apples, dice them into approximately ½” cubes. Mix cranberries and lemon juice with apples. Mix dry ingredients with apple mixture. Put this final mixture in a strainer to strain the juice out.

Melt the margarine in the microwave. Gently open and separate phyllo dough sheets, they can tear easily. Take 2 phyllo sheets out of the box and keep them one on top of the other. Place them on your counter or other large surface. Brush the sheet with margarine, don’t go to the edges, and use a thin layer of margarine or the dough will tear. Place 4 tablespoons of apple mixture in the center of the dough. Imagine the dough is in thirds and the mixture is in the center. Fold one side of the dough over the center, then fold the other side over the center. Brush edges of folds with margarine. Next flip the dough over to the other side, and then fold over one side over the center, and the other side over the center. When you are done you have a square package. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Brush the top of the phyllo square. Bake at 350 degrees until it is crispy and golden, about 35-40 minutes.( Varies with every oven.)

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serves well with vanilla ice cream and whip cream.

Note: You can freeze this and bake later. If you want to make it crispy again after refrigerating, put it back in oven.

Lamb Marseilles


By Chef Jeff Nathan, Abigaels Restaurant

Yield: 6

SACHET:
6 whole black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon dry thyme
1 piece star anise
½ bunch fresh parsley stems
3 pounds lamb stew meat, cut to 1” cubes
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
flour, for dredging
4 tablespoons olive oil + 3 tablespoons additional
1 cup onions, diced medium
¼ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1 cup eggplant, diced medium
1 cup carrots, diced medium
8 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon herbs de Provence
½ cup red wine
½ cup orange juice
2 cups beef stock
1 cup crushed tomatoes
½ cup pitted black olives
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Prepare a double layer of cheesecloth 8” square, or use a sachet bag. Fill the cloth with the black peppercorns, bay leaves, thyme, star anise and parsley stems. Tie with butcher twine or the strings of the sachet bag. Set aside.

Season the lamb meat with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece in flour. Brown the cubes of lamb on all sides in a large skillet of hot olive oil. Sear in several batches and do not overcrowd the pan. Transfer the seared meat to an ovenproof casserole.

To the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil, onions, eggplant and carrots. Stir and cook 1 – 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until garlic is lightly golden. Whisk in the flour. Stir and cook 1 – 2 minutes more. Add the herbs de Provence and prepared Sachet. Add the red wine, orange juice, beef stock and crushed tomatoes. Stir and be sure to scrape up the particles stuck to the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer and pour over the seared lamb meat. Cover.

Place the casserole in a pre-heated 350˚ F. oven. Cook for approximately 1½ – 2 hours or until meat is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven. Remove and discard the sachet. Add in the olives, fresh rosemary and parsley. Stir and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

Chocolate Pudding Cake


Serves 6

You can never have enough delicious chocolate recipes. This one is easy and delicious served warm. I like to serve it on a cold Succot night with some powdered sugar and whipped cream sprinkled on top.

Pudding Cake:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup non-dairy creamer
1/3 cup margarine, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1-1/4 cups hot water

Other toppings:
Pareve Vanilla or Mint chocolate chip ice cream, for serving
Powdered Sugar
Pareve Whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the cake: Whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk in the non-dairy creamer, margarine and vanilla. Stir together until smooth with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Pour the batter into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Use an offset spatula to level into pan.

For the topping: Whisk together the sugars and cocoa and sprinkle it evenly over the batter. Pour the hot water over the top, resist the temptation to stir it into the batter.

Bake about 30 minutes, you want the center to bubble and look almost set, almost like an undercooked brownie. Take out of the oven and let stand 15 minutes. Serve in dessert dishes, spooning sauce from bottom of pan over top. Serve with anilla or mint chocolate chip pareve ice cream, powdered sugar, or pareve whipping cream, if desired.

Standing Rib Roast

photo by Edmund Barr

Serves 12

This roast recipe is definitely something to splurge on for Rosh Hashanah. It is easy to make but an expensive cut of meat. It is really worth it though and will be something really special for the Yom Tov meal.

1/3 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon chopped thyme leaves
2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
One 5-rib 12- to 13-pound standing rib roast

Preheat the oven to 450°. In a small bowl, mix the mustard with the garlic, thyme, pepper and 2 teaspoons of kosher salt. Whisk in the olive oil.

Set the meat, bone side down, in a roasting pan and season it lightly with salt. Roast the meat in the lower third of the oven for 20 minutes.

Remove the meat from the oven and reduce the temperature to 350°. Brush the mustard coating all over the top and sides of the meat and roast for about 1 1/2 hours longer, rotating the roasting pan 2 or 3 times for even browning. The meat is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast at the thickest part registers 120° (for medium rare). Transfer the roast to a carving board, cover it loosely with foil and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

Set the roast on its side and run a long, sharp knife between the bones and meat; remove the bones and set them aside. Turn the roast right side up. Carve the roast 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and transfer the slices to warmed plates.

Want to try another standing rib roast? I love this one studded with garlic, Standing Rib Roast Studded with Garlic.

Tenderon De Veau Citron Confit

by Chef Jose Meirelles, from Le Marais Restaurant

Serves 4

(Note: This is a special cut of meat from the veal breast, which has along its length a cartilaginous joint that separates the short ribs from the remaining meat. A good butcher can easily separate the short ribs from the remaining meat, which is the ‘tenderon.’)

INGREDIENTS:
3 ½ pounds veal ‘breast’, cut into 1 ½ inch cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons of Morrocan spices (ground cumin, fennel seeds, coriander, star anise, cayenne pepper)
Pinch of saffron
3 ounces fresh ginger sliced
3 tablespoons of honey
Peel of 1 orange
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 small carrots, finely chopped
8 ounces canned whole tomatoes, drained
1 tablespoon flour
½ cup white wine
2 cups chicken stock or broth
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bouquet garni (fresh parsley, thyme, and bay leaf, tied with a string to use and then remove)
½ preserved lemon, cut into 8 wedges
4 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
1 sprigs mint

EQUIPMENT:
Dutch oven
Tongs
Wooden spoon
Pasta bowl, for serving

TO PREPARE THE VEAL:
Season the veal with salt and pepper and the spice mix. In a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over high heat, and, when it is almost smoking, add 2 tablespoons margarine. Add the veal cubes, working in batches if necessary, and brown on all sides. Once the veal has been browned, remove from the pan and set aside.

TO PREPARE THE STEW:
Add the chopped onions and carrots to the pot and cook over medium-high heat until browned. Add the honey. Once the honey is reduced to a liquid add the tomatoes and cook for about 2 minutes, then use a wooden spoon to stir in the flour and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan with the wooden spoon to dislodge any browned bits. Let the wine reduce by half, then add the chicken stock or broth and bring to a boil. Add the veal, garlic and bouquet garni ginger, saffron, orange peel and reduce to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer for 90 minutes to 2 hours, or until the meat is fork tender. Discard the bouquet garni. Transfer the meat to a serving bowl and strain the sauce over the meat. Garnish with the chopped parsley and mint and serve .

Carrot and Toasted Cumin Salad

Serves 4

This is an interesting combination of sweet carrots and savory toasted cumin. It is flavorful and full of color. It’s a nice side dish or dish for the simanim on Rosh Hashanah.

2 large carrots, peeled
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon plus juice of ½ lemon
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro or mint
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Grate the carrots on a large box grater and put them in a bowl. Put the cumin seeds in a small skillet and toast over medium heat, shaking the skillet frequently until the cumin is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the cumin seeds, lemon zest and juice, and olive oil and chopped cilantro to the carrots and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sesame Crusted Salmon

photo: Melanie Acevedo

Serves 4 and can be doubled

This salmon recipe is nice enough for company and easy enough to serve as a weekday fish. I serve it as a first course or as the main course in a dairy holiday meal. It’s beautiful on the plate.

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons red wine
1/2 cup pareve chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
1 egg white
2 pounds center-cut salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup cooking oil

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, red wine, pareve chicken broth, sugar, ginger, and garlic. In another small bowl, stir together the 2 teaspoons cornstarch and the water.

Whisk together the egg white and the 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Brush the skinless side of the salmon with the egg-white mixture and then dip it into the sesame seeds to coat.

In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Put the salmon in the pan, sesame-seed side down, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook until just done, about 3 minutes longer for a 1-inch-thick fillet. Remove.

Pour any oil from the pan. Add the soy-sauce mixture. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring. Whisk in the cornstarch-and-water mixture and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute longer. Serve the salmon with the sauce poured around it.

Salmon Sashimi with Soy and Hot Sesame Oil

photo by Anna Williams


Serves 4 and can be doubled

The original recipe came from Food and Wine magazine. GKC adapted it a bit and it is a bit spicy and delicious. The salmon is cooked with the hot oil so it has a sashimi texture. I tried it with both salmon from the sushi store and fresh salmon with no skin from the fish market. The salmon from the sushi store was cut a little more perfectly so the presentation was picture quality but they are equally delicious. It’s a good fish recipe for the holidays.

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
Twelve 1/8-inch-thick slices of salmon, cut into 2-inch squares (1/4 pound)
One 1/4-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced paper-thin and cut into thin matchsticks (about 24 pieces)
1 tablespoon snipped chives
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1-1/2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
5 scallions

In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce with the lime and orange juices. In a medium bowl, toss the salmon with the remaining 1/4 cup of soy sauce and let stand for 1 minute, then drain. Arrange 3 slices of salmon on each plate and top with the ginger and chives.

In a small saucepan, heat the canola oil with the sesame oil over moderately high heat until smoking, about 2 minutes. Drizzle the hot oil over the salmon pieces. Spoon the soy-citrus sauce on top. Sprinkle with the roasted sesame seeds and cilantro leaves and serve.

As a garnish: Grill or sear the scallions in 1 teaspoon sesame oil until cooked through. Serve on top.

Honeydew and Cantaloupe Granita

These can be served together – for a beautiful presentation – or separately. They are refreshing at the end of the meal with perhaps some cookies on the side or a nice palate cleanser in the middle.

photo: rightathome.com


Honeydew Granita
1 large honeydew, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar

Add all ingredients to food processor and process until puréed. Pour into freezer container and freeze for one hour. Scrape with fork and return to freezer. Repeat every ½ hour until completely frozen (2 to 3 more times). Remove from freezer 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

photo: eatbetteramerica.com


Cantaloupe Granita
1 large cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons sugar

Follow same instructions as for honeydew granite, substituting cantaloupe for honeydew and lemon juice for lime. Enjoy!

Chocolate Raspberry Cakes

photo: mytidykitchen.com

Serves 6

These are super easy and really delicious. The raspberry addition is a surprise and makes these festive. They are great served warm in Succah or for company.

8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted margarine, diced
2 tablespoons seedless raspberry preserves
4 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease six 3/4-cup soufflé dishes or custard cups. Arrange dishes on baking sheet. Mix chocolate, margarine, and preserves in saucepan. Stir over low heat until chocolate melts. Remove from heat; cool to lukewarm, stirring often, about 10 minutes.

Whisk eggs, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl to blend well, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chocolate mixture. Divide batter among prepared dishes.

Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out with some moist batter still attached, about 20 minutes. Let cool 30 minutes (centers may fall). Serve cakes warm or at room temperature.

Like individual chocolate cakes? Try these too, Chocolate Molten Cakes.

Salmon with Tomatoes, Spinach and Mushrooms

8 (4-ounce) salmon fillets
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
2 (8-ounce) packages sliced mushrooms
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette (purchased)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place fillets, skin side down, in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Evenly distribute vegetables and pour dressing over all. Bake for about 25 minutes. Serve with a simple white rice.

Still in the mood for salmon? Try our Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze.

Apple Date Cake

photo: thebakingpan.com


3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
2 eggs
1 (21-ounce) can apple pie filling
½ cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped dates

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl. Whisk together eggs, apple pie filling, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients. Stir in dates. Pour into greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Wine Braised Beets

Serves 6-8
I serve this year round not just for Rosh Hashanah. It’s a great side dish recipe especially for beet lovers like me.

2 bunches, medium beets
12 shallots, peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ dry red wine
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel the beets and cut each one into 8 chunks. Mix the beets and shallots together in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Toss the olive oil and red wine and season with salt and pepper. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake until the beets are just tender, about 1 ¼ hours.

Stir in the brown sugar and red wine vinegar. Bake uncovered stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender and glazed with the sauce, about 15 to 20 minutes more.

Need another recipe for beets? Try this one for Roasted Beets with Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette.

Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish

6 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
3 cups pareve chicken broth
¼ cup margarine
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon salt

Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for about ½ hour. Heat broth and margarine. Add to potatoes as you mash. Stir in horseradish and salt.

Pumpkin Corn Muffins

photo: marthawhite.com

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon chili powder
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup soy milk or nondairy creamer
2 tablespoons oil
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and chili powder. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, soy milk, oil and chiles. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Do not over mix. Spoon batter into 18 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan. Best served warm.

Spinach and Apple Salad

photo: tablespoon.com


Dressing
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
12 ounces spinach
1 large red delicious apple, cored and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/3 cup sliced scallions
2 tablespoons baco bits
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Toss with salad ingredients and serve immediately.

Leeks in Honey


8 large leeks, cleaned well and sliced
½ cup chicken broth (regular or pareve)
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
2 tablespoons honey
Dash pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place leeks in small baking pan and cover with broth, then melted margarine and honey. Sprinkle with pepper and bake, uncovered, until golden – about 30 minutes.

Arugula Salad with Oranges and Caramelized Fennel

photo by Mattie Batista


Serves 6

Spicy arugula with sweet oranges, what a nice combination of sweet and savory. I always like salad recipes with that contrast.
2 large fresh fennel bulbs, trimmed, each cut vertically into 12 wedges with some core attached
6 fresh thyme sprigs
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup Sherry wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 oranges, all peel and white pith cut away, halved vertically, thinly sliced crosswise
2 (5-ounce) packages baby arugula

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine fennel wedges, thyme, and 4 tablespoons oil in large bowl; toss to coat. Arrange fennel, cut side down, on large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until fennel is tender and brown, turning once, about 40 minutes. Discard thyme sprigs. This can be prepared ahead of time and stored. Use at room temperature.

Whisk vinegar, mustard, and 2 tablespoons oil in large bowl. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Add fennel, orange slices, and arugula. Toss to coat. Transfer salad to large shallow bowl.

I love arugula in salads. If you do too, try another one, like this Boston Lettuce and Arugula Salad with Tangerines.

Braised Sausages with Apples

¼ cup margarine
3 pounds sausages – an Italian Beef and Italian Turkey combination works well here as does a combination of sweet and hot
2 onions, thinly sliced
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thickly sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Melt margarine in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages and brown. Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add apples and cook for about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cook over low heat for about 20 minutes.