9 Jewish Comfort Foods to Make Right Now

Our favorite Jewish foods for your stress baking and cooking.

Have you started quarantine cooking or baking yet? I know a lot of people have. After all, it seems like we are going to be inside for quite a while. Might as well cook up some Jewish favorites, or even tackle a new baking or cooking project. Here are a few favorites to try.

 

 

Chicken Soup

There’s nothing more satisfying or comforting than chicken soup. Plus, it’s scientifically proven to be good for you so now is a great time to make a big pot of classic chicken soup with matzah balls. You could also take this opportunity to try your hand at homemade kreplach. Or try one of these chicken soup variations:

Cuban Chicken Soup

Yemenite Overnight Chicken Soup

Avgolemono (Greek Lemon Chicken Soup)

Ginger Chicken Soup

 

Babka

Babka! So delicious, so versatile. If you’ve never made babka before, watch our quick tutorial for how to shape it. Or check out this fun food illustration which is also helpful. Here’s a few babka recipes that we love:

S’mores Babka

Chocolate Brown Sugar Babka

Apricot Pistachio Babka

Spelt Chocolate Babka

 

Sambousek

Almost every culture has their own dumplings or pockets, and sambousek are the glorious Syrian version. I’ve most often had them with cheese, but you can also make them with spinach, veggies, or meat. They freeze well and are such a delightful snack or lunch.

 

Coffee Cake or Pound Cake

pound cake
Photo credit LeAnne Shor

Make a pot of coffee, cozy up with a magazine or your email inbox, and enjoy a fresh slice of coffee cake or pound cake. There’s something just so Jewish about this combination. A few of our favorite recipes:

Classic Jewish Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Apple Coffee Cake

Gluten-Free Coffee Cake

Marble Pound Cake

Non-Dairy Pound Cake

 

Everything-Flavored Soft Pretzels

Homemade soft pretzels just scream a day-at-home baking project to me. Perhaps it’s cause my mom used to buy us those frozen boxes of pretzels when we were kids, or maybe it’s just because it’s a baking project that doesn’t require hours and hours of prep. Either way, soft pretzels are a relatively easy baking project to try, made even more fun by topping them with everything bagel spice, za’atar, sprinkles, or any other fun stuff you have around.

 

Kugel

What’s more comforting than noodles or potatoes baked into a casserole? Um, literally nothing. And there’s no shortage of kugels to try. Here are a few favorites:

Cauliflower Kugel

Dairy Noodle Kugel

Classic Potato Kugel

Yerushalmi Kugel

Sweet Potato Pecan Kugel

 

Stuffed Cabbage

Always wanted to make stuffed cabbage just like bubbe’s? Seize the day and try our classic recipe — theres’s even a video to follow along! Plus if it makes you gassy, at least you won’t be around too many people. We also love this Passover-friendly version.

 

Kubaneh

If you love challah or other doughy-bready things (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t!?) then it’s time to give kubaneh a try.  Kubaneh is a slow-cooked, flaky bread traditionally served on Shabbat morning alongside hard-boiled eggs and grated tomatoes. It’s flaky, doughy, pull-apart deliciousness.

 

Rugelach

rhubarb rugelach

What goes great with some deep breaths and a cup of tea? Homemade rugelach. Try Joan Nathan’s classic rugelach and have fun experimenting with different filling combinations. Personally I love a good raspberry jam paired with mini chocolate chips. Feeling feisty? Try my favorite pizza-flavored rugelach or my friend Samantha’s herb and cheese rugelach.

 

Header image photo credits Nicole Lizukaand Sandy Leibowitz. 

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