I’m kind of obsessed with beets. I’ve made Beet Fries, Pickled Beets and even Beet Hummus. Not only are they tasty and healthy, but a shade of vibrant pink (or golden yellow) that pops on your holiday table. Beets are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and some even consider them to be a natural aphrodisiac. Can’t hurt! Pass by the canned variety in favor of the more flavorful fresh. Totally versatile, beets are perfect roasted, pickled, raw or in this case, fried.
Sprinkled with a little salt, these crunchy chips are delicious on their own, and even better when paired with a sweet and spicy pareve mayonnaise. Sort of a modern twist on apples dipped in honey. I used just red beets, but throw in some golden ones as well for a colorful addition to your Rosh Hashanah meal. The prayer said over beets in Hebrew means to remove, which signifies the hope that enemies and faults will be removed in the New Year.
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For the beet chips:
1 quart vegetable oil
3 medium beets, washed and dried well
Coarse black pepper
For the spicy honey mayo:
¼ cup mayonnaise
3 tsp honey
2-3 tsp Sriracha (or to taste)
In a large, wide pot heat the oil over high heat to 375°F.
Cut the root end off the beets, and cut using a mandolin into 1/8-inch thick slices.
Set up a cooling rack over paper towels near the pot.
Once oil is hot, slip one layer of beets into the oil and fry until golden and the bubbling and sizzling stops, about 3-4 minutes.
Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately sprinkle with salt and pepper and let cool on the rack. The chips will crisp up as they cool.
To make the Spicy Honey Mayo, combine mayo, honey and sriracha in a small bowl. Chill for at least 10 minutes. Serve alongside freshly made beet chips.
It may seem that Rosh Hashanah is a lifetime away, but in fact, it is a mere three weeks away! And the month of Elul is already upon us, so I am hyper focused on preparing for the New Year, if you can believe it. Elul is actually one of my favorite times during the Jewish year. I love the spiritual gear-up for the High Holy Days; taking time to reflect on the year that has passed, and hopes and goals for the year ahead.
I also love trying new recipes, and preparing desserts, challah and other dishes for the New Year. It always goes back to food for me.
And in the spirit of trying new things for the New Year, here at The Nosher we decided to try something a bit different this holiday season – our first ever Rosh Hoshanah Ingredient Challenge!
We reached out to some of our favorite contributors and told them their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to create a delicious, beautiful Rosh Hashanah recipe using 2 of the following traditional New Year ingredients: pomegranate, honey, apples, dates, gourds, beets, fenugreek and black eyed peas. They will get extra points if the dish created is ROUND! Stay tuned over the next few weeks to see their amazing creations.
But we want to see what kind of Rosh Hashanah recipes YOU can come up with so we are extending the ingredient challenge to our readers too! Send us your best recipes using two of the above ingredients and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will feature the best recipe as part of our High Holiday menus, so get cooking! Entries need to be received by Friday, August 23rd and must include a description of the dish, ingredients, directions and at least one photo.
Wishing everyone a meaningful Elul full of reflection and maybe some recipe-creation too.
Everyone loves a good bagel spread for most occasions, but especially to break the fast at the end of Yom Kippur. I love putting together a platter of thinly sliced red onions, capers, cucumbers and tomatoes to top my glorious bagel.
But what if you want to do something a little different for your break-fast!? How about making some custom cream cheese flavors!
I am partial to savory cream cheese flavors such as this Herbed Cream Cheese from Tyler Florence or this Vegetable Cream Cheese from Ina Garten. But you could also go a sweeter route with this Cinnamon Raisin and Toasted Nut Cream Cheese.
You can even add a few teaspoons of your favorite jam for a fruity cream cheese spread. Top with fresh fruit for a complete sweet bagel treat!
Or you can go a little wild and try my recipe for Chipotle Cream Cheese. Feel free to add more or less chipotle depending on your tastes.
2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
1-2 Tbsp chipotle in adobe (depending on your tastes), minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
In a mixing bowl, combine minced chipotle and liquid, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add softened cream cheese and mix until combined thoroughly. Serve with fresh bagels and sliced avocado.