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If a fried macaroni and cheese ball met a zeppoli and then converted to Judaism, their baby would be one of these fried kugel balls. They are sweet, gooey, crunchy on the outside with just a slight bit of saltiness that I think is pretty divine. I recommend topping with a light dusting of powdered sugar for an over-the-top touch.
Bourekas are a Sephardi, and more specifically Turkish, treat coming from the word borek which means pie. They are often made with phyllo dough and can be shaped in a variety of ways. In Turkey they are formed into circles. But in Israel they are formed into small, hand-held pies akin to empanadas. Bourekas are one of the foods I most look forward to enjoying when I visit Israel. And you can truly find them everywhere — small ones at the breakfast buffet, larger ones at coffee shops, or row after row in the market — all shaped differently depending on the filling: potato, mushroom, eggplant, spinach or cheese.
We love hummus, and we love pumpkin so we decided to marry these two loves in an easy, seasonal dip: pumpkin hummus.
Slow cooked holiday brisket is as classic as it comes for American Jews. It’s not a holiday unless there is brisket, right? While brisket may seem daunting, it’s actually one of the easiest cuts of meat to cook: low and slow. We prefer using a second cut brisket which has more fat in it, as it yields a more tender and moist piece of meat. But some people prefer a first cut of brisket, a leaner cut of beef. If you don’t like paprika and oregano, add spices that suit your taste (or just salt and pepper are fine too). Remember to cook with plenty of liquid – you can combine stock, water, wine, soda, juice, ketchup in any flavor combination you prefer.
Everyone gets excited when brisket is served. But sometimes you don’t want to wait until the holidays to enjoy this beloved dish.
Potato knishes are one of those quintessential New York Jewish foods that are hard not to love. And somehow the square, pre-made $1 knishes from street carts are just as delicious as the more carefully prepared homemade kind that are round and stuffed with potato, kasha, spinach and other delights. Or maybe that’s just me.
Just about everyone loves hummus, and you can buy it everywhere: from fancy flavors at Whole Foods to individual portions at gas stations. But have you ever tried making it yourself?