Coconut Cheesecake

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Crust:
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

Filling:
4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 (15-ounce) can cream of coconut (NOT coconut milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 eggs

Garnish:
1-1/2 cups toasted shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter or margarine. Press into bottom of 10-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes; cool on rack. Beat cream cheese until fluffy, gradually adding sugar. Beat in cream of coconut and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Pour into pan and bake for about 1 hour, 20 minutes – just until set. Cool on rack and loosen sides. Refrigerate or freeze. Sprinkle with coconut before serving.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

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Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
½ cup finely chopped peanuts
½ cup butter or margarine, melted

Filling:
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups chopped peanut butter cups (store bought or make your own)
1 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, peanuts and melted butter or margarine. Press onto bottom and slightly up sides of 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add sugar, flour and vanilla and continue beating. Add eggs, one at a time. Mixture should be very creamy. Toss chopped peanut butter cups with the 1 tablespoon flour. Stir into cream cheese mixture and pour into crust. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on wire rack. Loosen sides and refrigerate.

Garnish with extra chopped peanut butter cups if desired.

Amaretto Cheesecake

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Crust:
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick butter, melted

Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/3 cup Amaretto liqueur

Topping:
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Amaretto liqueur
2 tablespoons sugar

Garnish:
½ cup roasted silvered almonds
Chocolate shavings

Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter and press into bottom and slightly up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat cream cheese until fluffy, gradually adding sugar. Beat in eggs, one at time. Stir in Amaretto and pour over crust. Bake for 45 minutes. Mix together topping ingredients and gently spread over cheesecake. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes or until set. Cool completely and loosen sides. Refrigerate or freeze. Just before serving, sprinkle with roasted slivered almonds and chocolate shavings.

Sesame Seared Tuna with Mango Jicama Salad


by Chef Andy Blackman and Ari White, Gemstone Catering

Wow! GKC got it. This is the sesame seared tuna recipe that Chef Andy prepared at the Kosher Food and Wine Show that everyone raved about. They make it for over 100 people at a time but reworked it just for us. It is easy to prepare, can be done ahead of time, and is spring fresh. Great for Shavuot recipes – I’m making it as an appetizer for my Shavuot meal.

1 pound Ahi Tuna – sushi grade
1/4 cup white sesame seeds
Canola oil for searing
2 large ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
1 medium jicama, peeled and diced
1/2 lime juiced
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine the mango, jicama and lime juice in a bowl; season with salt & pepper to taste.

Pat your tuna dry and then cut the loin into 2-inch x 2-inch square segments the length of the loin (or shorter based on your pan size) for appetizer-size portions, or larger for entree portions. Season with salt and pepper and then roll the tuna in white sesame seeds coating as much of the loin as is possible.

Chef Andy’s note***Then wrap the tuna loins tightly in plastic wrap and freeze 3 hours – 3 weeks in advance*** When cooking only one loin this may not be entirely necessary, but when producing in mass as we do it regularly; this trick guarantees that every single loin stays perfectly pink and beautiful in the center while allowing for a flawless crust to develop on the outside… it’s idiot proof.

Heat your pan (we love cast iron skillets, but a non-stick will work as well) for a few minutes until scorching hot. Drizzle oil in the pan and sear each side for 30-45 seconds; then set aside. We like the center raw, not rare, raw which requires only the best sushi grade tuna available. (At this point you can either slice and serve your tuna, or wrap it up tightly where it will hold in a fridge for up to 36 hours. When ready to serve, slice the tuna against the grain and present over the mango & jicama salad.

Garnish with a smoked garlic aioli (or a spicy mayonnaise) and top with  cilantro.

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Potobello Mushrooms Stuffed With Spinach and Goat Cheese

This stuffed portobello mushrooms recipe is savory and incredibly flavorful. The goat cheese and spinach are a wonderful combination with the mushroom flavors. Healthy Shavuot recipes like this one are essential.

Marinated mushrooms
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup Marsala wine
4 large fresh thyme sprigs
6 large portobello mushrooms

Filling:
1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach
1 pound button mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped sweet Vidalia onion
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup unseasoned dry breadcrumbs
1 (5-ounce) package soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled

For marinated mushrooms:
Whisk first 6 ingredients and Marsala, if desired, in medium bowl for marinade. Stir in thyme sprigs. Cut stems from mushrooms and place stems in processor. Arrange mushrooms, gill side up, in 15x10x2-inch glass baking dish. Pour marinade over mushrooms and marinate 4 hours, turning to coat occasionally.

For filling:
Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain; cool. Using hands, squeeze excess water from spinach. Place in small bowl.

Add half of button mushrooms to processor with portobello mushroom stems. Using on/off turns, process until coarsely chopped. Transfer to medium bowl and repeat with remaining mushrooms. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add onion and sauté until beginning to brown, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add chopped mushrooms, sprinkle with salt, and increase heat to high. Cook until almost all liquid evaporates, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Season mushroom mixture with salt and pepper. Transfer to large bowl; cool to room temperature.

Add spinach, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and breadcrumbs to mushroom mixture; toss to distribute evenly. Add goat cheese and toss gently to distribute evenly. Season filling to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover filling and let stand at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Transfer marinated mushrooms, with some marinade still clinging, to rimmed baking sheet, gill side down. Roast until beginning to soften, about 15 minutes. Turn mushrooms over. Divide filling among mushrooms. Sprinkle remaining 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese over and bake until heated through and cheese begins to brown, about 15 minutes.

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Pizza Dip

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This pizza dip recipe with cream cheese is fun with different kinds of bread or crackers or with fresh vegetable sticks. Shavuot recipes like this are good to have around as snacks and appetizers.

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 (14-ounce) can pizza sauce
1 small onion, chopped
1-1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 (6-ounce) can black olives, chopped or black olive rings
2 ounces vegetarian pepperoni, finely chopped (optional)
Corn or tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press cream cheese into bottom of a 9-inch round pan. Spread pizza sauce over top and then layer remaining ingredients (except corn chips) in order listed. Top with vegetarian pepperoni, if using. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with chips.

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Bourbon Rib-Eyes


½ cup bourbon
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
Dash hot pepper sauce
4 (1-inch thick) rib-eye steaks

Combine all ingredients except steaks in a strong Ziploc bag. Add steaks and marinate for at least ½ hour and up to 3 hours. Remove from marinade and grill over medium coals (or gas heat) for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once.

Mascarpone Semifreddo with Cherry Wine Sauce

This Semifreddo recipe is very easy to put together, and the cherry wine sauce adds an elegant touch. Add it to your Shavuot recipes!

For the Cherry Sauce:
1 cup port wine
1/3 cup sugar
¾ cup dried cherries or dried strawberries or raspberries

For the semifreddo
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon mascarpone cheese
¾ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of kosher salt
1-½ ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
8 store-bought chocolate wafer cookies

For the sauce:
Bring the port and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Boil until reduced by 1/3, about 5 minutes. Stir in cherries. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered about 10 minutes. Refrigerate until thick, about 40 minutes.

For the semifreddo:
Whisk mascarpone, cream, confectioners’ sugar, and a pink of salt until medium-stiff peaks form. Fold in chocolate. Spread mixture into a 5 x 9 inch oaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap, placing the plastic wrap directly on the semifreddo and tucking it in to the edges of the dish. Freeze until edges begin to harden, at least 50 minutes. Scoop into dishes and spoon the wine sauce over. Top with crumbled chocolate wafer cookies or gently place one in the side of each dish.

** This keeps in the freezer for two weeks. Take it out to let it soften a little before serving. It should be cold and the texture of a soft creamy ice cream.

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Key Lime Meringue Pie

This key lime meringue pie recipe is a delicious alternative to the traditional key lime pie. If you prefer a traditional key lime pie, use the alternative lime whipped topping. Both finishes are delicious and sweet in contract to the lime filling. Everyone should have key lime pie in their Shavuot recipes box!

Crust:
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Filling:
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Key lime juice or lime juice
2 teaspoons grated lime zest, separated
2 eggs, separated
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar

Alternative topping:
2 cups whipping cream
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnish:
Lime zest
Thinly sliced lime

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

For the crust, combine ingredients and pat down into a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden.

In a medium bowl, combine the milk, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon zest. Blend in the egg yolks. Pour the filling into the crust. Bake for 15 minutes or until just set. Cool and refrigerate.

For the meringue, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar and remaining teaspoon zest until the mixture is stiff. Spread the meringue over the filling; spread it to touch the edge of the crust all around. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the meringue is lightly cooked. Sprinkle with more lime zest and serve each piece with a sliced lime.

Alternatively, whip 2 cups whipping cream. When soft peaks form, slowly add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once whipped, fold in the vanilla extract and the lime zest. Top the pie with whipped topping and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Malted Chocolate Cheesecake

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This chocolate cheesecake recipe is a yummy Shavuot cheesecake. Its a bit unique, but still traditional enough to satisfy the classic cheesecake lovers.

Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted

Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
¾ cup chocolate malt powder
4 eggs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Whoppers (malted milk balls) for garnish

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter and press into bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. Set aside.

Cream together cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. On low speed, beat in the malt powder and then the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the melted chocolate and vanilla and pour on top of prepared crust. Bake for about 1 hour. Cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen. Finish cooling and sprinkle top with malted milk balls, if using. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove sides before serving.

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Mushroom Feta Cheese Bread Pudding

This savory bread pudding recipe is a wonderful Shavuot recipes appetizer.

From the Bite Me Cookbook

3 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 cups thinly sliced assorted mushrooms, shitake, button, Portobello)
1 cup chopped celery
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup chopped roasted red peppers
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2-½ cups milk
1-½ cups feta cheese
1-½ loaves of challah, crust removed, cut into 1inch pieces
½ cup crumbled feta cheese for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Ina small bowl, combine parsley, oregano, thyme, lemon zest and garlic. Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, celery, salt, and pepper. Sauté until soft and liquid has evaporated, about 12 minutes. Add half of the parsley mixture and all the roasted red peppers stirring over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine remaining parsley mixture, eggs, milk and 1 ½ cups feta, stirring well to combine. Add mushroom mixture and bread cubes, stirring gently. Transfer to baking dish and sprinkle with ½ cup feta cheese. Bake uncovered 40 -45 minutes, until set and top is golden.

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Artichokes and Cheese in Phyllo Dough

This phyllo dough recipe is savory and a bit unexpected. Shavuot recipes are a great way to try out new kinds of appetizers and side dishes – phyllo dough is delicious, especially with cheese.

¼ cup butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup cream cheese, softened
1 cup cottage cheese
3 eggs
2 cups artichokes, chopped
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup cracker crumbs
16 sheets filo dough
½ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a frying pan and sauté onions until sauce. Add garlic and sauté briefly. Beat cream cheese and cottage cheese together. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in onion-garlic mixture. Add artichokes, cheese and cracker crumbs. Brush light coating of melted butter across bottom of 9 x 13-inch pan. Cover with 2 sheets of filo, then brush with melted butter. Repeat until you have used 8 sheets. Spread artichoke mixture across filo. Top with remaining 8 sheets, brushing with butter every two. Bake for 45 minutes.

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Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Squares with Raspberry Chili Chutney

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This puff pastry recipe is a combination of sweet and savory. Creamy goat cheese, rich puff pastry and spicy raspberry chutney. It’s a great Shavuot recipes twist.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup pareve chicken broth
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup honey
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, left whole (available in most kosher markets)
1 (6-ounce) container fresh raspberries or 1 cup frozen (thawed) (alternatively, you can use strawberries)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of a 17.3-ounce package), thawed
Flour, for dusting
1 (5.5-ounce) log goat cheese, at room temperature
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until aromatic. Add the pareve chicken broth, bell pepper, honey, ginger, vinegar, and chipotle chile, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 2 1/2 hours. Add the raspberries and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the chutney cool slightly. Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. (Chutney can be prepared 3 days in advance. Cool and store in the refrigerator).

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 12-inch square. Cut the pastry into 2 to 3-inch squares. Put the squares on the prepared baking sheet. Using a small cookie cutter score a circle in the center of each square or using a paring knife, score a 1/2-inch border around the edge of each square. Bake the squares until puffed and golden, about 12 minutes.

Remove the scored, top section of the cooked pastry and fill with some of the goat cheese. Spoon a generous dollop of the chipotle-raspberry chutney on top of the goat cheese. Arrange on a serving platter and serve.

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Chocolate-Glazed Shortbread

I always ignore shortbread recipes because of the butter in them (not to mention the calories!) but Shavuot is the perfect time to indulge! Here’s a delicious and easy shortbread recipe for your to try this year.

Shortbread:
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1-1/3 cups flour
4-1/2 tablespoons superfine sugar

Topping:
½ cup (1 stick) butter
4-1/2 tablespoons superfine sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
¼ teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

Glaze:
7 ounces semisweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in flour and press into 9-inch square baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes- until golden brown. Cool on rack.

For topping, combine butter, sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat slightly and simmer for 5 minutes, still stirring. Stir in vanilla and pour over shortbread. Cool for at least 1 hour.

For glaze, melt chocolate in saucepan over low heat or in microwave. Pour over shortbread and spread evenly. Cool until set. Cut into bars.

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Mozzarella and Strawberry Romaine Salad

Serves 5

Romaine salad recipes are a great base for fun alterations and additions. This Shavuot romaine salad recipe was inspired by the classic mozzarella, tomato, basil salad. It’s sweeter and even brighter looking with the substitution of strawberries for tomatoes. It’s a great addition to your Shavuot recipes.

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 heart romaine lettuce, torn or cut into bite-sized pieces (3 cups lightly packed)
1 8-ounce container of strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 ounces mozzarella cheese, diced (about 3/4 cup), try and use the freshest kind that comes in a ball
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
In a small bowl whisk together the oil, vinegar salt and pepper. Place the lettuce in a large bowl and toss with half the dressing. Place the lettuce onto a serving platter.

Toss the strawberries and diced mozzarella with the remaining dressing and place down the center of the salad. Slice the basil in thin strips and sprinkle over the top of the salad. Top with toasted pine nuts.

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Cookie Dough Truffles

Not sure how to make truffles? No worries – this truffles recipe is simple enough, and tastes incredible.

Makes 5 dozen
2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate morsels
1 cup finely chopped pecans or other nut
12 ounces chocolate, melted
1 tablespoon corn syrup

In a large bowl cream butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in flour and add milk. Add chocolate morsels and pecans, mixing well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on waxed paper; chill 2 hours. Note* The dough is sticky so coat your hands in flour to help them roll into smooth balls.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler, slowly. Do not overheat the chocolate while melting or it will burn and clump together. Add the corn syrup and mix well. Using 2 forks, dip cookie balls into the chocolate coating to cover. Place on waxed paper and chill to set. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

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Apple Ricotta Lasagna

This Apple Ricotta Lasagna recipe is a twist on the classic dairy lasagna recipe. The apples and cinnamon add a wonderful sweet flavor. Everybody needs a great kosher lasagna recipe in their Shavuot recipes repertoire!

8 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
2 (20 ounce) cans apple pie filling
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons margarine
6 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup quick-cooking oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread one can of apple pie filling across the bottom of a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Layer 4 noodles over the filling. Mix together ricotta cheese, egg, almond extract and sugar. Spread this evenly over the noodles and top with the remaining 4 noodles. Spread second can of apple pie filling over noodles. Crumble together flour, cinnamon, margarine, brown sugar and oats. Sprinkle over apple filing. Bake for 45 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Southwestern Spanakopita (Spinach Pie Recipe)

A Spanakopita recipe or spinach pie is a Greek savory pastry, often filled with cheeses and spinach. This one is full of tasty Southwestern influences. It’s a perfect Shavuot recipe, and a great addition to your kosher side dishes collection.

2 tablespoons finely chopped red pepper
1 scallion, minced
1 teaspoon oil
1/2 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
¾ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup corn
½ cup cooked black beans (canned is fine)
½ jalapeno, minced
12 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
8 sheets phyllo dough
½ cup butter, melted

Sauce:
1/3 cup avocado
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
1-1/2 teaspoons vinegar

In a small skillet, sauté pepper and scallion until soft. Transfer to small bowl and stir in spinach. Combine with the cheese, corn, beans, jalapeno, cumin and chili powder. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush a thin layer of butter across bottom of a 9×13-inch pan. Place two sheets of phyllo on top and brush with butter. Please two more sheets on top and brush again. Spread filling across dough. Top with two sheets phyllo and spread with butter. Finish with last two sheets of phyllo and spread with butter again. Cut horizontally and then on the diagonal. Bake for ½ hour to 45 minutes until golden. Mash together sauce ingredients and serve with the spanakopita recipe.

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Broiled Zucchini and Potatoes with Parmesan

This broiled zucchini recipe is a perfect Shavuot recipe, to be used as a side dish. Kosher side dishes for Shavuot can be dairy or pareve, but the cheese makes it taste that much more delicious.

8 small new potatoes (red or white, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
4 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
4 small zucchini, cut in 1/2 lengthwise (about 1-inch wide by 5 inches long)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ to ½ cup grated Parmesan

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let cool. When cool, cut the potatoes in half.

Place a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the butter, garlic, thyme and rosemary and let cook until the butter melts, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, season the cut sides of the zucchini and potatoes with salt and pepper. Place the zucchini and potatoes in the melted butter. Let them cook until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the browned zucchini and potatoes on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with the Parmesan. Place in the broiler until the cheese is golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve.

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Roasted Asparagus with Orange Mayonnaise

This roasted asparagus recipe can also be baked or grilled. Asparagus is a great option for kosher vegetable recipes and kosher side dishes.

2 cups freshly squeezed orange or tangerine juice
2 oranges or tangerines
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
1 egg yolk
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
1 cup olive oil plus a little more for grilling
2 bunches about 2 pounds total) asparagus, trimmed
Long strips of orange zest
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

Put the juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to ½ cup. Let cool to room temperature. Peel the oranges, removing the bitter white pith, and segment over a bowl to catch of the segments and the juices. Refrigerate until very cold.

Combine the reduced juice, tarragon, egg yolk, and salt and pepper to taste in a blender and blend until well mixed. With the machine running, add the 1 cup olive oil, in a drizzle, to emulsify. Keep in the refrigerator until needed. This keeps for 2 to 3 days.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees or warm the grill. Toss the asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Roast or grill until the spears are just tender, about 8 – 12 minutes (less on the grill).

To serve:

Arrange the asparagus on the platter with the reserved orange segments. Drizzle some of the mayonnaise, and then drizzle with the reserved orange juice left in the bowl. Garnish with the nuts.

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BBQ Glazed Chilean Sea Bass

1 cup white onion, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
½ cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons mustard powder
¾ cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons instant coffee

BBQ sauce:
Heat the oil in a medium sized sauté pan. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until soft, five minutes. Add the vinegar and simmer slowly. Add the mustard powder, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon and instant coffee. And simmer for another 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Chilean Sea Bass:
6 (6 ounce) fillets Chilean sea bass with skin
Kosher salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
¾ cup BBQ sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season the sea bass with salt and pepper. In an oven-safe skillet, heat the oil and sear the fish, skin side down. When the skin is crispy, turn the fish and glaze with the BBQ sauce. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the fish is flakey and opaque. Remove from the oven and let the fish rest and serve with extra BBQ sauce.

Warm Olive and Artichoke Dip

Remember that onion soup mix, spinach, sour cream dip that people used to serve in a big, scooped out bread? This warm artichoke dip with olives is a newer and more gourmet version. It’s a Shavuot recipe staple in our family.

1 (8-ounce) package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed (or 8 ounces canned)
¾ cup (packed) fresh basil leaves plus more for garnish
1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
¾ cup green or black olive tapenade (you may use store-bought as well)
1 (5.2-ounce) Boursin or Alouette Garlic and Herb cheese
Assorted pita chips, bagel chips, crackers and crusty bread

Preheat oven to 375. Coarsely chop artichokes and ¾ cup basil in the food processor. Transfer mixture to a 4-cup baking dish. Mix in Parmesan, tapenade and Boursin cheese. Bake until hot, about 30 minutes. Garnish with basil. Serve with breads and crackers.

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Mixed Citrus Salad with Escarole and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

This citrus salad is perfect for Shavuot. It has the zesty citrus fruit, the crunch from the mixed greens, and a creamy blue cheese vinaigrette dressing. Don’t be afraid of trying the blue cheese vinaigrette; it’s milder when mixed in.

1/2 red onion, sliced thin and cut in 1/2
1 grapefruit
1 orange
2 mandarin oranges (1 small can, drained if you prefer)
1 ounce blue cheese
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
4 cups torn escarole leaves or any green lettuce like romaine or red leaf
1/4 c fresh chervil or Italian parsley

Slice off top and bottom of grapefruit, then stand it upright. Following the contour of the fruit, slice off the peel & white pith in thick strips. Holding the fruit over a bowl, cut along each side of the membranes between the sections, letting each section of fruit and any juices drop into the bowl. Cut each section in 1/2 crosswise. Repeat with oranges and mandarins, then set citrus aside.

Put cheese in bottom of a large salad bowl and add olive oil. With a fork, mash the cheese into the oil till well blended. Stir in the vinegar, salt and pepper. Add escarole or greens and gently mix to coat evenly. Add all the citrus and their juices, red onion, minced chervil or parsley and mix to coat evenly. Serve immediately.

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White House Cheesecake

They may not know about Shavuot but the White House pastry chef, Bill Yosses, does make a marvelous cheesecake, or so the Obamas say. Supposedly, this cheesecake recipe has been passed down from chef to chef and has been served since the Eisenhowers lived in the White House. The perfect American Shavuot recipe – kosher cheesecake at its patriotic best!

For the crust:
1 stick butter, melted, plus extra for greasing the pan
6 ounces chocolate wafer cookies
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons flour

For the filling:
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons honey
½ cup sour cream, at room temperature
¼ cup heavy cream, at room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Sour cream or crème fraiche fro topping (optional)

Crust: Heat oven to 300 degrees. Butter and 8 –inch spring form or plain cake pan, and line bottom with parchment paper. Spread cookies on a baking pan and toast until very dry, about 10 minutes. Remove and leave oven on. Pulse in a food processor to make crumbs. Mix one cup lightly packed crumbs in a bowl with sugar and flour and then mix in melted butter. Pour into prepared pan and pres s in evenly.

Filling: In a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, scraping down sides to eliminate lumps. Add sugar and honey, and mix until smooth. Crape down sides and add sour cream and heavy cream, then mix for 2 minutes.

With mixer running, add vanilla and then eggs one at a time and mix until completely smooth. Pour over cookie base.

Place pan in a larger baking pan. Fill that with hot water halfway up the side of the cake pan to make a water bath. Bake 80 to 90 minutes, or until just set. To test for doneness, shake cake pan gently. There should be no liquidity but it should undulate in a mass, like Jell-O. Remove from the oven to a rack and let it cook, then refrigerate it in the pan for at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

If using spring form, remove the ring. If using a plain cake pan, warm bottom of pan over a very low flame one minute, moving it constantly to distribute hat. Invert cake onto a plate, then quickly re-invert onto a serving plate.

Frost top of cake with a think layer of sour cream, if using.

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Pesto Palmiers

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A great hors d’œuvre Shavuot recipe – small, simple, and delicious.

2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted
6 tablespoons pesto
6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold each pastry sheet. Spread pesto over dough and sprinkle with cheese. Starting at long sides, toll up the dough from both sides, meeting in the middle. Lightly dampen the center seam of the pastry between the 2 rolls and press together. Cut into thick slices and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for about 20 minutes.