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How to Roast a Kosher Heritage Chicken (SPONSORED)

Chicken—roasting it, simmering it, sharing it—is more often than not on the menu for Shabbat and many Jewish holidays. And as careful as we are in going to the right butcher or grocery store, it can be hard to know which chicken to buy. But it turns out, we recently learned, that the quality of the chicken you buy can vary greatly depending on the breed.

Heritage breed chickens, now available kosher for the first time in decades, are the only chickens humans ate prior to the advent of factory farming. They’re happier, healthier, and more delicious than conventional chickens. Kosher meat companies Grow and Behold and KOL foods first made them available last December, in partnership with the Jewish Initiative for Animals and Frank Reese of the Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch. We were thrilled to be among the first to try our hands at cooking a kosher heritage bird.

If, at this point, you need a poultry primer, believe us, we did too! By definition, heritage chickens are breeds established by the American Poultry Association before the 1950s. They were bred over thousands of years in order to live long and productive lives outdoors, to reproduce naturally, and to grow at a normal, balanced rate. You might be just as shocked as we were to learn that over 99% of chickens today are not bred to exhibit these basic traits. In fact, modern day conventional birds are made to grow as quickly as possible on as little feed as possible, and those traits are incompatible with breeding healthy and well-balanced birds. While heritage chickens take 112 days to get to full size, the conventional chickens we’re used to eating reach the same size in just 42. For the first time in history, factory farming made it possible to earn more money by breeding unhealthy animals.

As it turns out, chickens who live healthier, happier lives are also the most nutritious. When compared to factory-farmed chicken, heritage is healthier on all fronts: It’s higher in protein, has less than half the fat, and is much lower in cholesterol and calories.

Finally, their slower growth rate leads to a deeper and more distinct flavor than conventional chicken. When you bite into heritage chicken, you pick up on the rich, nutty, robust flavors of real chicken. It’s so lean and flavor-packed that you might even be reminded of Thanksgiving dinner! Honestly, the house even smells better when you’re roasting a heritage bird.

Because heritage birds are leaner and more muscular than your average conventional bird, it’s important to follow our cooking tips to ensure a rich, delicious chicken. When in doubt, cover the bird while cooking to keep it moist, and always remember that low and slow is the way to go.

Heritage kosher chickens are available from KOL Foods or Grow and Behold. Finally, you can buy kosher chicken, bred and raised in the most timeless, healthiest, humane way possible, cared for every step of the way. An important point to note: Heritage chickens are frozen and vacuum sealed, so they are as fresh as possible. But it also means you need to take care to thaw properly or the chicken won’t cook evenly. Here are some great thawing tips from Grow and Behold. Then check out the video below for a step-by-step guide to roasting these beautiful heritage chickens.

 

How to Make Cannoli Hamantaschen (Video!)

It’s officially hamantaschen season with Purim just around the corner. And one of our favorite hamantaschen creations ever combines creamy, cannoli filing, mini chocolate chips, a drizzle of melted chocolate and powdered sugar. It sounds pretty decadent, but it’s also surprisingly light.

Watch the short how-to below or check out the full recipe from Sheri Silver here.

 

The Ultimate Babka for Tu Bishvat

This post is sponsored by the Jewish National Fund.

It’s Tu Bishvat – the birthday of the trees! And we are celebrating this year with the folks at Jewish National Fund and a brand new, one-of-a-kind babka made with the “seven species.” The Jewish National Fund is actually the original “tree people” and to date have planted 240 million trees in Israel, making Israel one of only 2 countries to enter the 21st century with a net- tree gain.

The seven species actually comes straight from the Torah: wheat, barley, grapes (or wine), olives (or olive oil), pomegranates, dates and figs. It is traditional in some communities to host a Tu Bishvat seder, where these foods are enjoyed as part of a Passover-like seder.

To participate in Tu Bishvat Across America check out Jewish National Fund’s website and consider planting a tree, hosting a seder or baking up one of these delicious babkas. (It tastes like a sophisticated Fig Newton!) And if you purchase a tree this Tu Bishvat with The Jewish National Fund, you will be entered to win a trip to Israel.

See our short video below about Tu Bishvat and this special holiday babka.

This Miami Jewish Baker Is Now Opening Up a Deli

Have you heard of the Zak the Baker yet? Well, if you haven’t heard of his extraordinary breads and cafe in Miami, you may soon hear about his deli and old-world classics like p’tcha because his cafe is set to transform into a classic Jewish deli sometime in the near future.

According to both Miami New Times and YeahThatsKosher.com, Zak and his team are in the process of researching recipes that will keep classic Jewish dishes like yapchik (a kugel and flanken dish), gribenes and yerushalmi kugel (Jerusalem kugel) alive — a trend we have seen throughout the United States, demonstrated by the new-ish Jewish delis that have opened in Boston, San Francisco, DC and numerous other cities. It might be said that Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz were the catalysts for this popular trend of reclaiming classic Jewish dishes and keeping them alive and vibrant when they launched The Gefilteria almost five years ago.

No specific timeline has been set, but we look forward to hearing more soon and then booking our flights to Miami. In the meantime, we’ll continue drooling over their beautiful creations via instagram and you should too.

Our Free Latke Recipes Ebook is Exactly What You Need This Holiday

If you are looking for menu inspiration for your eight crazy nights of latkes, our recipe ebook is everything you need. It’s chock full of not one or two but EIGHT completely unique sweet, savory and even a little wacky latke recipes. You can download it here. Did we mention that it’s free?

Download your free recipe ebook here, and share with your friends!

How to Make Grilled Cheese Latkes

Around these parts we love latkes that think outside the box: ramen noodle latkes, plantain latkes and even cauliflower latkes just to name a few.

But there are few things more indulgent and drool-worthy than a grilled cheese latke sandwich. And since it is traditional to eat dairy and fried foods for Hanukkah, making one of these melty masterpieces is practically a mitzvah.

Check out our short video on how to create your own cheesy Hanukkah sandwich. For the full recipe for this ooey gooey goodness check out Melinda’s full recipe here. Also make sure to check out Melinda’s blog Kitchen-Tested to check out some of her other drool-worthy dishes.

 

17 Epic Latke Recipes You’re Going to Want to Try This Hanukkah

We all love classic potato latkes. But, sometimes you crave something a little different during Hanukkah. After all, with eight nights to celebrate the holiday, it’s best to shake up your menu every once in awhile.

And this list of latkes is definitely a little different. These are anything but your average potato latkes, and we hope they will inspire you to get a little crazy this holiday season.

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Indian-Spiced Cauliflower Latkes with Cilantro Chutney

Ramen Latkes with Sriracha Mayo

Grilled Cheese Latkes

Brisket Topped Latkes 

Everything Bagel Latkes

Cilantro Jalapeno Latkes from Leite’s Culinary

Pizza Latkes from Kveller.com

Kale Latkes from Food Republic

Curried Sweet Potato Latkes

Basil and Sweet Potato Latkes with Pistachio Pesto and Labneh from George Eats

Broccoli Stem Latkes

Cheese Latkes from the James Beard Foundation

Latke Waffles from Smitten Kitchen

Fennel Lemon Latkes with Toasted Caraway Sour Cream from The Kitchn

Mashed Potato Latkes with Dill and Shallots from Joan Nathan 

Potato Latke with Gin-Cured Salmon, Pickled Beets, and Boursin from The Forward

Southern Latkes with Dill Pickles and Cornmeal from Deep Fried Kudzu

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3 Jewish Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Month

In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving this month in the U.S. we will also be celebrating National Peanut Butter Lovers Month! There is truly a holiday for everyone.

Here at The Nosher we like to celebrate all fun “food holidays” with a little Jewish flair. So here’s three peanut butter recipes for all you fellow peanut butter lovers. What’s your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter!? Make sure to comment below, comment on Facebook or show us on Instagram by tagging @JewishFood and #noshthis.

Peanut butter chocolate chip challah

Peanut butter & jelly babka

Peanut butter & jelly sufganiyot

 

PBJ donuts

5 Chicken Soup Crockpot Recipes

Is there anything more satisfying or comforting than a hearty, homemade bowl of chicken soup? Well yes, and it’s when your chicken soup was made in a crockpot and you didn’t have to do any of the hard work.

So sit back and relax, forget slaving over a hot stove and set your slow cooker for one of these delicious chicken soup recipes.

Crockpot matzo ball soup from Tablespoon

The best crockpot chicken noodle soup from Family Fresh Meals

Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup from The Pioneer Woman

Crockpot chicken zoodle soup from Dashing Dish

Crockpot chicken veggie quinoa soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

5 Jewish Rainbow Foods for Parshat Noah

This week, in celebration of Parshat Noah – in which we read the Torah portion that includes the story of Noah’s ark – we have the perfect excuse to eat the rainbow! “When I see My rainbow in the clouds I will recall the Covenant that exists between Me, you and every living soul on earth,” reads a line from this beautiful and significant passage.

Many families have taken this symbolism and made it fun and delicious for their families, preparing an array of rainbow-themed treats and dishes. Here are a few of our favorites to celebrate with this Shabbat:

Rainbow Challah
Rainbow Bagels with Strawberry Funfetti Cream Cheese
Rainbow Hamantaschen from Kitchen Tested
No Bake Funfetti Cheesecake
Rainbow Cookies from The Smitten Kitchen

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